A Model of the Styles of Handling Conflict, Marital Satisfaction, and Instability

7 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2004

See all articles by M. Afzalur Rahim

M. Afzalur Rahim

Western Kentucky University

Sanda Kaufman

Cleveland State University

Clement Psenicka

Youngstown State University - Department of Management

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Rahim, M. Afzalur and Kaufman, Sanda and Psenicka, Clement, A Model of the Styles of Handling Conflict, Marital Satisfaction, and Instability. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=602765 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.602765

M. Afzalur Rahim (Contact Author)

Western Kentucky University ( email )

1 Big Red Way
Bowling Green, KY 42101-3576
United States

Sanda Kaufman

Cleveland State University ( email )

Cleveland, OH 44115
United States

Clement Psenicka

Youngstown State University - Department of Management ( email )

Youngstown, OH 44555
United States
330-757-8188 (Phone)

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
445
Abstract Views
3,185
rank
70,498
PlumX Metrics