Master's Theses

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Date of Award

Spring 2009

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Communication Studies


Scott Robson


The purpose of this study was to investigate the contemporary Chinese young adults’ family communication patterns and conflict styles. The participants in this study were 278 Chinese college students (included 200 participants from 3 universities of mainland China and 78 participants from a university located in mid-west of US). The study found that Chinese family patterns are more conformity-oriented than conversational-oriented, and there is not a specific prevalent conflict style for Chinese young adults. The Chinese young adults studying in the US reported higher scores in control conflict style than Chinese young adults studying in mainland China.


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