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Conflict distress, conflict attributions and perceived conflict behaviors as predictors of relationship satisfaction

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2005
Eğeci, İlke Sine
The aim of the study was to investigate the relationship among conflict distress, conflict attributions (self/partner blame), perceived conflict behaviors (similarity/difference) and relationship satisfaction. Relationship Conflict Inventory (RCI), Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS), Conflict Behaviors Questionnaire and Demographic Information Form was administered to 58 dating couples. In order to investigate the predictive power of conflict distress level, conflict attributions (self/partner blame), perceived conflict behaviors (similarity/difference) and demographic variables on relationship satisfaction stepwise regression analyses was carried out. Moreover, separate cross partial pairwise intraclass correlations conducted in order to examine the relationship between one partner's conflict distress level, conflict attributions (self/partner blame), perceived conflict behaviors (similarity/difference) and the other partner's relationship satisfaction; and to examine the relationship between one partner's conflict distress, conflict attributions (self/partner blame) and the other partner's perceived conflict behaviors (similarity/difference). Additionally, it was also aimed to examine demographic variables' (namely, gender) effects on each variable and in all analysis. The results revealed that higher levels of conflict distress and perceived difference on conflict behaviors predict lower levels of relationship satisfaction. Additionally, results yielded that in predicting women's relationship satisfaction conflict distress accounts as the only variable, whereas for men similarity on perceived conflict behaviors and blaming self predicted relationship saitsfaction. It is also found that one partner's conflict distress, partner blame and perceived conflict behavior difference negatively correlated with the other partner's relationship satisfaction; and one partner's