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Intimate Relationships – Romantic Resolutions of Disagreements This article finds disagreement and conflict to be integral to romantic relationships in that “anger, envy, and contempt color all relationships and can even be considered integral to them (Josselson, 1992).” However, the article also defines disagreement as a means in which relationships may improve (Laursen & Jensen- Campbell, 1999). It cites that the way in which a conflict is dealt with shows more about the quality of a relationship than just the presence of a conflict (Perry, Perry, & Kennedy, 1992). It finds that improvement is accessible through conflict by “providing an opportunity to define roles, improve communication, and strengthen interconnections (Hartup, 1992). On a study conducted on undergraduates, it is suggest that “the conflict management mode is probably more complex as it consists of constructive encounters that do not conceal existing difficulties or reservation and this ability is associated with
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Unformatted text preview: relationship satisfaction (Cramer, 2002).” Laursen et al. (2001) finds that among adolescents and even more in young adults, more conflict resolution is characterized by negotiation that by coercion or disengagement. And furthermore, Reese-Weber & Bartle-Haring (1998) find that “compromise allows partners to protect their own needs while simultaneously being attentive to the needs of their partner and to negotiate both poles.” The article finds that improvement of relationship and satisfaction is positively correlated with age and with length duration of the relationship. In the discussion, it states that young adults are more likely to perceive their differences as “incentives for deepening and improving their relationships,” while adolescents were more “invested in circumventing, minimizing, and even disowning the differences between them.” As a result, more constructivism was found when the conflict was addressed and resolved rather than just avoided....
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