Master's Theses


Communication Studies

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The purpose of this thesis was to identify the relationship between secure and insecure childhood attachment status and adult conflict management skills. The subjects (N=161) were student volunteers available through classes at a regional Midwestern university. The Parental Bonding Instrument (Parker, Tupling, & Brown, 1979) and the Conflict Skill Assessment (developed by the researcher) were used. The results revealed that the Parental Bonding Instrument (PBI), with its care and overprotection scale, was related to the score the subject obtained on their conflict management skills. On a violence subscale, in the Conflict Skills Assessment, it was found that only the care scale in the PBI was a predictor of the violence rating. This research supported the concept that childhood attachment relates to adult conflict management skills.


Willis M. Watt

Date of Award

Summer 1996

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1996 Linda S. Conyac


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