A Model of the Styles of Handling Conflict, Marital Satisfaction, and Instability
7 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2004
This study tested two structural equations models of (a) wife's conflict management styles (integrating, obliging, dominating, avoiding, and compromising) and husband's perception of marital satisfaction and marital instability; and (b) husband's conflict management styles and wife's perception of marital satisfaction and instability. Data were collected with published questionnaires from 125 married couples. Both structural equations models indicate the following relationships: (a) obliging and compromising styles were positively associated and dominating and avoiding styles were negatively associated with integrating style, which was associated with marital satisfaction, and (b) marital satisfaction, in turn, was negatively associated with marital instability.
Keywords: conflict, marital satisfaction, instability
JEL Classification: D74
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