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Complex Interpersonal Conflict Behaviour

Theoretical Frontiers

By Evert Van der Vliert

© 1998 – Psychology Press

200 pages

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This book is about reactions to interpersonal conflict such as avoiding, negotiating, and fighting. It breaks away from the prevailing assumption that conflict behaviours are mutually isolated reactions having mutually isolated effects. Instead, reactions are viewed as components of complex conflict behaviour that influence each other's impact on the substantive and relational outcomes. The simultaneous and sequential occurrence of, for example, problem solving and fighting should therefore be studied together and not separately.

The author presents a ladder of stepwise increases in theoretical quality, and designs the sequence of chapters in such a way that the theoretical value increases step by step. The lower steps lead to the description of behavioural components and to a model of integrative and distributive dimensions. The upper steps lead to the dimensions of dual concern for one's own and the other's goals and to complexity explanations in terms of the novel paradigm of conglomerated conflict behaviour. The chapters are summarised into thirty-four interrelated propositions. Six empirical studies demonstrate the validity of crucial propositions at each level of the theoretical framework.

This monograph primarily reaches out to an academic readership. However, due to its clear structure, its comprehensive propositions, its frequent use of figures, and its glossary, the book will also provide an invaluable resource for any student and practitioner interested in conflict management and negotiation.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction. Preview. Part II: Description. First Step: Description of Behavioural Components. Second Step: Descriptive Dimensions. Part III: Explanation. Third Step: Explanatory Dimensions. Fourth Step: Complexity Explanations. Part IV: Conclusion. Renewed View. Thirty-four Propositions. References. Glossary. Indices.

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Essays in Social Psychology

Essays in Social Psychology is designed to meet the need for rapid publication of brief volumes in social psychology.

Primary topics will include social cognition, interpersonal relationships, group processes, and intergroup relations, as well as applied issues.

Furthermore, the series seeks to define social psychology in its broadest sense, encompassing all topics either informed by, or informing, the study of individual behavior and thought in social situations.

Each volume in the series will make a conceptual contribution to the topic by reviewing and synthesizing the existing research literature, by advancing theory in the area, or by some combination of these missions.

The principal aim is that authors will provide an overview of their own highly successful research program in an area.

It is also expected that volumes will, to some extent, include an assessment of current knowledge and identification of possible future trends in research.

Each book will be a self-contained unit supplying the advanced reader with a well-structured review of the work described and evaluated.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology