In keeping with a broad conception of interpersonal conflict, this book is organized into two parts. The first focuses on conflict on different types of couple relationships -- homosexual, cross cultural, dating but violent, engaged, and married -- and group relationships -- student peers, parents and their young children, and adult children and their aging parents. The chapters not only review past research on conflict in some relationships, but also take a significant step forward in introducing a variety of other relationship types for future research on conflict. These chapters also offer evidence that conflict is experienced differently in different types of interpersonal relationships.
The second part of this book describes basic underlying principles and programs for dealing with interpersonal conflicts. Chapters in this section discuss patterns of argument in everyday life, issues associated with competence in interpersonal conflict, and mediation as a form of intervention for resolution.
Table of Contents
Contents: D.D. Cahn, Preface. Part I:Conflict Management/Resolution in Specific Relationships. D.G. Patterson, P. Schwartz, The Social Construction of Conflict in Intimate Same-Sex Couples. S.A. Lloyd, B.C. Emery, Physically Aggressive Conflict in Romantic Relationships. S. Ting-Toomey, Managing Conflict in Intimate Intercultural Relationships. N.A. Burrell, D.D. Cahn, Mediating Peer Conflicts in Education Contexts: The Maintenance of School Relationships. R.L. Weiss, C. Dehle, Cognitive Behavioral Perspectives on Marital Conflict. L.N. Osborne, F.D. Fincham, Conflict Between Parents and Their Children. J. Halpern, The Sandwich Generation: Conflicts Between Adult Children and Their Aging Parents. Part II:Approaches to Interpersonal Conflicts. W.L. Benoit, D.D. Cahn, A Communication Approach to Everyday Argument. B.H. Spitzberg, D.J. Canary, W.R. Cupach, A Competence-Based Approach to the Study of Interpersonal Conflict. C. Danielsson, A Holistic Approach to Dispute Resolution at a Community Mediation Center.
"...this collection of scholarly pieces on conflict in relationships is enlightening from an academic perspective. It is solidly based in research and in the literature on personal relationships and conflict."
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"This text is useful to professionals in a wide variety of fields and for graduate students interested in personal relationships and relational conflict. As a resource book, this text is a good supplement to research in both personal relationships and interpersonal conflict."