Date of Award

8-2017

Culminating Project Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Industrial/Organizational Psychology: M.S.

Department

Psychology

College

College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

Jody Illies

Second Advisor

Daren Protolipac

Third Advisor

Edward Ward

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Needs, Conflict

Abstract

The purpose of the present study is to examine the relationship between interpersonal needs and the preference for conflict resolution styles or modes. While previous studies have examined the relationship between manifest needs (or personality traits in the form of needs) and conflict resolution modes, this study specifically investigates interpersonal needs as defined by the Fundamental Interpersonal Orientations Behavior theory and the Thomas-Kilmann conflict modes. Correlation and multiple regression analyses were conducted to explore the relationship between the various constructs. Results indicate that expressed control has a significant positive relationship with preference for the competing conflict resolution mode and a significant negative relationship with preference for the accommodating conflict resolution mode. No additional significant relationships were found between the interpersonal needs and conflict resolution modes. Implications and recommendations for future research on this topic are discussed.

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