Conflict Resolution as a Dyadic Mediator: Considering the Partner Perspective on Conflict Resolution

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  1. Errata: Erratum: Conflict Resolution as a Dyadic Mediator: Considering the Partner Perspective on Conflict Resolution Volume 27, Issue 4, 409, Article first published online: July 2013

Susan Sierau, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics, University of Leipzig, Liebigstrasse 20a, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany.

E-mail: Susan.Sierau@medizin.uni-leipzig.de

Abstract

So far, relationship research has only considered an intrapersonal perspective on links between adult attachment, conflict resolution and relationship satisfaction. This study investigated the mediating effects of partner-reported conflict resolution styles among the attachment dimensions of avoidance and anxiety, and relationship satisfaction in a sample of 207 heterosexual couples. Dyadic and structural aspects of mediation were tested using the Actor–Partner Mediator Model with latent variables. Few significant partner-related meditational pathways were found indicating compensating effects of positive problem solving and compliance. More frequent positive problem solving could improve relationship satisfaction, even when the partner showed higher scores on anxious attachment. In addition, the use of compliance could suppress the negative effects of attachment avoidance on partner's relationship satisfaction. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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