Conflict Resolution Styles In Gay Marriages

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Conflict resolution styles in heterosexual couples.

Study by:
Neha Desai (215| UID
Kalpita Joshi (236| UID 141093)
Riddhi Kamdar (239| UID
Siddharth Kulkarni (245| UID
Nishita Shah (280| UID


Course code: A.PSY.4.01

Date of submission: 7th February, 2016. Contents

Acknowledgements 3
Abstract 4
Introduction 5
Literature Review 6
Objectives, Hypothesis 7
Methodology 8
Findings 9
Discussion 13
Conclusion 14
Bibliography 16 Acknowledgements


They didn’t agree on much. In fact, they didn’t agree on anything. They fought all the time and challenged each other every day. But despite their differences, they had one important thing in common. They were crazy about each other.
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According to Huston and Levinger (1978), Interpersonal attraction is “anything that draws two or more people together characterized by affection, respect, liking or love.” Close interpersonal relationships include family, friendship, romantic relationships among others. These are relationships we engage and hold ourselves in most often and thus, they become an integral aspect of our lives. Such relationships have multiple aspects and mean differently to different individuals.
Since ‘Interpersonal Relationships’ is an umbrella term, our focus in this research is on ‘romantic relationships in dating and married couples’. An important area of study therein is interpersonal conflict- that which is inevitable in interpersonal relationships.
Conflict in such relationships is inevitable. At the same time, as research suggests it is normal just as it is common. Conflict can be experienced due to reasons ranging from differences of opinions to varied personal interests of the couple. Especially in today’s time and age, conflicts tend to occur as the conventional gender roles (especially that of females) are changing to a great extent and there is a rise in dual career roles. (Holahan & Gilbert, 1979)
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According to Thomas, K.W., and R.H. Kilmann, the five strategies which can be used for the purposes of conflict resolution include:
i. Accommodating: This involves cooperation which may come at one’s own expense, and actually work against one’s own goals, objectives, and desired outcomes. This approach is effective when the other party is the expert or has a better solution. It can also be effective for the preservation of future relations with the other party. ii. Avoiding: This is when one simply avoids the issue. One isn’t helping the other party reach their goals, and one isn’t assertively pursuing one’s own goals. This is effective when the issue is trivial or when one has no chance of winning. It can also be effective when the issue would be very costly. It is also very effective when the atmosphere is emotionally charged and you need to create some space. Sometimes issues will resolve themselves, but “hope is not a strategy”, and, in general, avoiding is not considered to be a good long term
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