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Conflictgedrag, autonomie en relatietevredenheid in lesbische en heteroseksuele relaties

By Y.R. Berkers


In many intimate relationships, partners often have conflicts with each other. The way people behave in conflicts is called conflict style behaviour. This seems to be an important predictor of relationship satisfaction. Men tend to use different conflict resolution styles (more passive and destructive) than women (more active and constructive). In homosexual relationships, the two partners share the same sex. Therefore it is possible that they also share the same conflict resolution styles. In the present study, data of 6 heterosexual couples and 6 lesbian couples were compared to assess if lesbian couples differ from heterosexual couples regarding to the agreement in conflict resolution style, as well as to the frequency of conflict and the topics they argue about. Because autonomy also seems to be an important predictor of relationship satisfaction ánd something that is different for lesbian couples in comparison with heterosexuals, autonomy also has been studied. Finally, relationship satisfaction has been compared between these two groups; and for both groups correlations have been studied between autonomy and relationship satisfaction and between autonomy and frequency of conflict. No significant differences between lesbian en heterosexual couples on any of these variables were found, except that lesbian people reported to have significantly less conflicts than do heterosexual people. For further research, it might be useful to compare not only heterosexual and lesbian couples, but also male homosexual couples. In addition, a bigger and more representative sample is needed

Topics: Sociale Wetenschappen, Homoseksualiteit, intieme relaties, conflict, autonomie, relatietevredenheid
Year: 2008
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