Conflict Resolution Styles of Turkish Married Couples

By Nuray Tastan.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This study investigated interspousal communication in a problem-solving situation according to differences in positivity levels: a) in terms of gender and type of marriage (arranged versus self-selected); b) when one spouse becomes aware of the problem; and c) in terms of gender as a function of the realization of a potential problem. The study evaluated interspousal communication among 55 married couples (23 arranged, 32 self-selected) working on the “Communicational Conflict Situation.” Spouses engaged in more positive communication when they realized that a problem existed; women engaged in more positive communication than men. Furthermore, couples in self-selected marriages engaged in more positive communication than those in arranged marriages, even when no problem was recognized. The discussion addressed these results in terms of the importance of interspousal communication in Turkish culture.

Keywords: Interspousal Communication, Self-selected/arranged Marriages, Communicational Conflict Situation

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.267-276. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 583.026KB).

Dr. Nuray Tastan

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Sciences, Kirikkale University, Ankara, Turkey

1986-1990: (BA) Hacettepe University Department of Psychology 1990-1991: Middle East Technical University English Preparatory Class 1991-1996: (MA) Middle East Technical University Department of Psychology Social Psychology Program 1998-2004: (PhD) Ankara University Institute for Educational Sciences Department of Educational Psychology 2001-2004: Research Assistant Ankara University Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Educational Psychology Institution: Assistant Professor-Kirikkale University Faculty of Education Department of Educational Sciences (2005-contiuning) Working Interest: Communication, conflict resolution, marriage, adolescent development, child and adolescent employment

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