The relationship between conflict and communication, sex, relationship satisfaction, and other relational variables in dating relationships

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Title: The relationship between conflict and communication, sex, relationship satisfaction, and other relational variables in dating relationships
Author: Zacchilli, Tammy Lowery
Abstract: Whether couples have been dating a few months or have been married for many years , conflict is likely an inevitable part of the relationship . According to Canary , Cupach , and Messman (1995 ) , how couples handle conflict informs other areas of their relationship , such as how satisfied they are in their relationship . Thus , when examining other relational variables it is important to understand how individuals approach conflict with their partner . In Study 1 , the relationships between three conflict strategies (i .e . , compromise , emotional reactivity , interactional reactivity ) and other variables such as satisfaction , respect , sexual attitudes , and self -disclosure were assessed . In Study 2 , items for a new conflict scale , the Romantic Partner Conflict Scale (RPCS ; 39 items ) , were developed and subjected to a factor analysis . Six factors emerged : Compromise , Domination , Submission , Separation , Avoidance , and Interactional Reactivity . The relationships between these six strategies and respect , commitment , and satisfaction were assessed . The goals of Study 3 were to confirm the factor structure of the RPCS and to relate the six subscales to self -disclosure , sex , commitment , love , satisfaction , and respect . Confirmatory factor analyses tested two , three , five , and six factor models . The six factor model resulted in the best fitting model . Alphas for the subscales ranged from .84 to .96 and the subscales correlated appropriately with the other relational variables . Implications for this new conflict scale , as well as limitations of the studies , are discussed .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /9978
Date: 2007-05

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Zacchilli, Tammy Lowery The relationship between conflict and communication, sex, relationship satisfaction, and other relational variables in dating relationships. Doctoral dissertation, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /9978 .

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