Forgiveness and Conflict Resolution in Close Relationships: Within and Cross Partner Effects

Universitas Psychologica. 2010;9(1):35-56

 

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Journal Title: Universitas Psychologica

ISSN: 1657-9267 (Print); 2011-2777 (Online)

Publisher: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

LCC Subject Category: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Psychology

Country of publisher: Colombia

Language of fulltext: Spanish; Castilian, English

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AUTHORS

FRANK D. FINCHAM
CAMILLO REGALIA
F. GIORGIA PALEARI

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Double blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 52 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

Do forgiveness and conflict tactics (compromise, aggression, and avoidance)in response to conflicts instigated by a romantic partner's offence uniquely predict effective arguing and relationship quality? Using 92 Italian couples we tested a mediational model in which each partner's responses to conflict predicted bothe partners' perceived effective arguing that, in turn, predict their own relationship quality. For both men and women, negative responses to conflict (unforgiveness, aggression, and avoidance) overlapped and jointly predicted self-reported and partner-reported relationship quality, directly and indirectly via effective arguing. Positive responses investigated (benevolence and compromise) did not overlap for either men or women. Men's positive positive responses to conflict uniquely predicted self-reported and partner-reported relationship quality via effective arguing, whereas women's positive responses did not predict them independently of their male partner's tactics.