Coping and Disputing with Neighbors1


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    The author gratefully thanks Eileen Gambrill for comments on an earlier draft of this manuscript.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Dr. Gary W. Paquin, College of Social Work. University of Kentucky, 659 Patterson Office Tower, Lexington, KY 405060027.


A model based on the disputing process is discussed in the context of annoyances with neighbors. Results of a telephone survey (n= 198) which examined the cognitive and behavioral reactions of respondents to neighbor annoyances are presented. Most respondents handled neighbor annoyances through cognitive coping mechanisms. The intensity of annoyance and the cognitions reported in response to the annoyance, were related to whether respondents actively reacted to the annoyance (complained or disputed).