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The effect of family structure on parent-adolescent conflict : interpersonal conflict management styles of parents in single and dual-parent households

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Title: The effect of family structure on parent-adolescent conflict : interpersonal conflict management styles of parents in single and dual-parent households
Authors: Trockman, Meredith Lee
Keywords: Interpersonal conflict
conflict management styles
single parent
parentadolescent conflict
family conflict
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Issue Date: May 2012
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [May 2012]
Abstract: This study examined differences in parent-adolescent conflict in single-parent and dual-parent households from the perspective of parents with adolescent-age children. Previous research has shown differences in family communication and interpersonal conflict as a result of the family structure (i.e., whether there are one or two parents in the home). Single and partnered parents were recruited via students at local middle and high schools, parent-centered organizations, and via snowball sampling. Participants completed demographic information as well as the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict MODE Instrument.
Single parents completed the measure as individuals; parents from dual-parent households completed the survey together. Results showed no differences in reported frequency of conflict between the two family structures. Single parents reported the use of compromising more than the other conflict styles, and more than dual parents. Single parents reported using collaborating significantly less than dual parents. Implications, limitations and future directions are discussed.
Description: M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2012.
Includes bibliographical references.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/101287
Appears in Collections:M.A. - Communicology



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