1st Edition

Communicating Interpersonal Conflict in Close Relationships Contexts, Challenges, and Opportunities

Edited By Jennifer A. Samp Copyright 2017
    292 Pages
    by Routledge

    292 Pages
    by Routledge

    Communicating Interpersonal Conflict in Close Relationships: Contexts, Challenges, and Opportunities provides a state-of-the-art review of research on conflict in close personal relationships. This volume brings together both seasoned and new voices in communication research to address the challenges in evaluating conflict. Contributors review the current state of research on themes related to power, serial arguments, interpersonal and family dynamics, physiological processes, and mechanisms of forgiveness by presenting theoretical reviews, original unpublished data-driven research, and discussions about the methodological challenges and opportunities in studying interpersonal conflict.

    An essential resource for graduate students and faculty interested in interpersonal conflict in close relationships between romantic partners, families, or friends, this volume is intended for advanced coursework and individual study in communication, social psychology, and close relationship scholarship.

    Introduction: Jennifer A. Samp


    Section 1: Influences on Conflict Processes in Close Relationships

    1. Cognitive and Physiological Systems Linking Childhood Exposure to Family Verbal
    2. Aggression and Reactions to Conflict in Adulthood

      Lindsey S. Aloia & Denise Haunani Solomon

    3. There is Nothing as Calming as a Good Theory: How a Soulmate Theory Helps Individuals Experience Less Demand/Withdraw and Stress
    4. Courtney Waite Miller, Rachel Reznik, & Michael E. Roloff

    5. Communication with Heterosexual Partners about Sexual Discrepancies: Conflict Avoidance, De-escalation Strategies, Facilitators to Conversation
    6. Moon Sook Son, Lynne Webb, & Trish Amason

    7. The Connections between Communication Technologies and Relational Conflict: A Multiple Goals and Communication Interdependence Perspective
    8. John P. Caughlin, Erin D. Basinger, & Lissel L. Sharabi


      Section 2: Power and Conflict in Close Relationships

    9. Power in Close Relationships: A Dyadic Power Theory Perspective
    10. Norah E. Dunbar, Brianna L. Lane, & Gordon Abra

    11. Complaint Expression in Close Relationships: A Dependence Power Perspective
    12. Timothy R. Worley


      Section 3: Conflict as an Ongoing Process

    13. Serial Arguments in Interpersonal Relationships: Public versus Personal arguments
    14. Ioana Cionea & Amy Janan Johnson

    15. Romantic Serial Argument Perceived Resolvability, Goals, Rumination, and Conflict Strategy Usage: A Preliminary Longitudinal Study

    Jennifer Bevan, Megan Cummings, Makenna Engert, & Lisa Sparks

    9. Worth Fighting For: The Causes, Correlates, and Consequences of Avoiding versus Enacting Domestic Labor Conflict

    Kendra Knight & Jess K. Alberts

    Section 4: Conflict in Families

    1. Demand and Withdraw Behavior and Emotion in Mother-Adolescent Conflict

    Christin E. Huggins, Melissa Sturge-Apple, & Patrick T. Davies

    11. The Role of Perception in Interparental Conflict

    Tamara D. Afifi, Shardé Davis, Anne F. Merrill and Sam Coveleski

    1. Family Conflict is Detrimental to Physical and Mental Health

    Chris Segrin & Jeanne Flora

    Section 5: Forgiveness as Part of Interpersonal Conflict

    13. Forgiveness Following Conflict: What It Is, Why It Happens, and How It’s Done

    Andrew J. Merolla

    14. Expressing and Suppressing Conditional Forgiveness in Serious Romantic Relationships

    Dayna N. Kloeber & Vincent R. Waldron


    Jennifer A. Samp is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Georgia, USA.