Relationship Conflict: Conflict in Parent-Child, Friendship, and Romantic Relationships / Edition 1

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Conflict is a natural, even inevitable, aspect of most ongoing close relationships - a given. What distinguishes most successful relationships from unsuccessful ones is not the absence of conflict, but how conflict is managed. Relationship Conflict skillfully portrays the different types of conflict that we encounter in our most significant personal relationships: parent-child, friendship, and romantic relationships. The authors capture the essence of current research and theory to shed light on conflict's role in human interaction. Drawing from the findings of multiple disciplines, this volume takes a developmental development look at childhood friendships through to dating and married relationships. The results result is a richer understanding of interpersonal involvement accessible to close relationship researchers and professionals and students in many service-based fields.

Discusses nature of conflict in close relationships/methods for studying conflict/portrays different types of conflict.

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Portrays the different types of conflict encountered in parent-child, friendship, and romantic relationships, and explores the role of conflict in human interaction. Draws on the findings of multiple disciplines to survey theories about conflict and methods of studying close relationships. Of interest to researchers, professionals, and students in service-based fields. Paper edition (unseen), $15.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803951303
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/23/1995
  • Series: Series on Close Relationships , #10
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editors' Introduction
1 The Nature of Conflict in Close Relationships 1
2 Methods for Studying Conflict in Close Relationships 22
3 Parent-Child Conflict 52
4 Conflict in Friendship 77
5 Conflict in Dating and Marital Relationships 99
6 Conclusions About and Prospects for Research on Conflict in Close Relationships 123
References 143
Index 167
About the Authors 177
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