Conflict in Child and Adolescent Development

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Although conflict in human affairs has fascinated theorists and researchers for centuries, this is the first book that focuses on the role of conflict in psychological and social development. Leading scholars in developmental and clinical psychology present findings from psychology, anthropology, sociology, sociolinguistics, and family relations to provide an intriguing picture of what is known about conflict in development and a preview of future research. Conflict is not always a negative, destructive event; the research shows that it has many positive effects in the development of individuals and their interpersonal relationships. A major theme of Conflict in Child and Adolescent Development is how the management of conflict can enhance the psychological growth of individuals and strengthen relationships among people.
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"Despite the plethora of research on childhood aggression and family conflict, efforts to design and implement effective interventions have not been as numerous. The book emphasizes that conflict intervention should help make conflict functional, rather than extinguish conflict altogether...a valuable resource for understanding the vital roles conflict and conflict resolution play in children's lives." Melissa Allen, Childhood Education

"... emphasizes that conflict intervention should help make conflict functional, rather than extinguish conflict altogether...a valuable resource for understanding the vital roles conflict and conflict resolution play in children's lives." Melissa Allen, Childhood Education

"The editors of this book have created a scholarly, yet eminently readable work that provides a comprehensive and comprehensible coverage of the current knowledge on conflict and development. This is not an ordinary 'review of literature' approach; the contributors of this volume have illuminated what is currently known about conflict and development by delineating what is especially important to learn in the future....Academicians and researchers as well as clinicians should benefit from this material whether it is used as a graduate level text or to provide researchers with hypotheses for studying the role of conflict in human development." Phyllis A. Heath, Child Development Abstracts & Bibliography

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Table of Contents

Preface
List of contributors
Conflict and development: An introduction 1
Pt. I Coda and the processes of development
1 Theoretical perspectives on conflict and development 15
2 The education of reason: Cognitive conflict and its role in intellectual development 36
3 Conflict and the development of social understanding 70
4 Conflict talk: Approaches to adversative discourse 93
5 Conflict and emotions in marital, sibling, and peer relationships 122
Pt. II Conflict and interpersonal relationships
6 The social structure of early conflict: Interaction, relationships, and alliances 153
7 Conflict and friendship relations 186
8 Conflict and relationships during adolescence 216
9 Conflicts between siblings 242
10 Family conflicts and their developmental implications: A conceptual analysis of meanings for the structure of relationships 270
Pt. III Conflict and developmental adaptations
11 Conflict and the development of antisocial behavior 301
12 Conflict management and social competence 330
13 Conflict and group relations 356
14 Conflict and child maltreatment 380
15 Intervention programs for the management of conflict 402
Author index 431
Subject index 442
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