Master's Theses

Date of Award

Fall 1991

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Social Work

Advisor

Bill Daley

Abstract

The purpose of the researcher was to investigate interpersonal conflict resolution in adolescents. The sample of 208 consisted of 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Of the 208 students, 117 participated in conflict resolution classes and 91 served as a control group. For 8 weeks the 117 students (participants) participated in conflict resolution classes. The 91 students in the control group did not. The three independent variables were participation, gender, and grade placement. The dependent variables were Nonconfrontation, Control, Solution, and I-Message scores. One single-factor analysis of variance and 2 single-factor analysis of covariance were tested at the .05 level. A total of 12 comparisons were made. All 12 comparisons were for main effects. Of the 12 comparisons made 6 were statistically significant at the .05 level. The results of the present study appeared to support the following generalizations: (1) Conflict resolution classes for 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders were effective, (2) Conflict resolution classes for 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders were more effective for 6th graders than the 5th and 8th graders for the dependent variable confrontation, and (3) Conflict resolution classes for 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders were more effective for females than males for the dependent variable control.

Rights

Copyright 1991 Shane A. Cordell

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