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Relationship Attitudes and Conflict Resolution Styles of Adult Children of Divorce

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Material Information

Title: Relationship Attitudes and Conflict Resolution Styles of Adult Children of Divorce
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Strelitz, Bonnie
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2003
Publication Date: 2003

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Divorce
Parental Conflict
Relationship Attitudes
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This study examined how the variables of parental conflict level and parental marital status influenced participants' relationship attitudes and conflict resolution styles. Previous research has indicated that adult children of divorce are more likely to divorce themselves than adult children of intact families. Past research suggesting that adult children of divorce might form different relationship attitudes and conflict resolution styles than adult children of intact families, and that these differences may be mediated by parental conflict level, led to the formation of three hypotheses: 1) Children of high conflict parents will report lower scores of relational esteem and higher scores of relational depression than children of low conflict parents. 2) A significant interaction between the variables of parental marital status and parental conflict level was expected, such that participants of high conflict, divorced parents will demonstrate the highest scores for relational depression and the lowest scores for relational esteem relative to the remaining groups. 3) A significant interaction between parental marital status and parental conflict level was expected, such that preferences for an avoiding conflict resolution style would remain stable across parental conflict levels for both married groups, but would be significantly higher for the low conflict divorced group than the high conflict divorced group. Participants were 86 college-aged, unmarried young adults of divorced and intact households. Results did not support these three hypotheses. Results indicated that participants of high conflict married parents demonstrated the most negative relationship attitudes, and that participants of low conflict divorced parents demonstrated higher preferences for an avoiding conflict resolution style than participants of high conflict divorced parents. Implications of these results and directions for future research are discussed.
Statement of Responsibility: by Bonnie Strelitz
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2003
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Barton, Michelle

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Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2003 S9
System ID: NCFE003313:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003313/00001

Material Information

Title: Relationship Attitudes and Conflict Resolution Styles of Adult Children of Divorce
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Strelitz, Bonnie
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2003
Publication Date: 2003

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Divorce
Parental Conflict
Relationship Attitudes
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This study examined how the variables of parental conflict level and parental marital status influenced participants' relationship attitudes and conflict resolution styles. Previous research has indicated that adult children of divorce are more likely to divorce themselves than adult children of intact families. Past research suggesting that adult children of divorce might form different relationship attitudes and conflict resolution styles than adult children of intact families, and that these differences may be mediated by parental conflict level, led to the formation of three hypotheses: 1) Children of high conflict parents will report lower scores of relational esteem and higher scores of relational depression than children of low conflict parents. 2) A significant interaction between the variables of parental marital status and parental conflict level was expected, such that participants of high conflict, divorced parents will demonstrate the highest scores for relational depression and the lowest scores for relational esteem relative to the remaining groups. 3) A significant interaction between parental marital status and parental conflict level was expected, such that preferences for an avoiding conflict resolution style would remain stable across parental conflict levels for both married groups, but would be significantly higher for the low conflict divorced group than the high conflict divorced group. Participants were 86 college-aged, unmarried young adults of divorced and intact households. Results did not support these three hypotheses. Results indicated that participants of high conflict married parents demonstrated the most negative relationship attitudes, and that participants of low conflict divorced parents demonstrated higher preferences for an avoiding conflict resolution style than participants of high conflict divorced parents. Implications of these results and directions for future research are discussed.
Statement of Responsibility: by Bonnie Strelitz
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2003
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Barton, Michelle

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2003 S9
System ID: NCFE003313:00001

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