chapter  18
24 Pages

A Meta-Analytic Interpretation of Intimate and Nonintimate Interpersonal Conflict

Over the last 20 years, researchers have examined gender-and sex-based differences in the selection of conflict management strategies. Yet the conditions under which women and men differ or are similar in their selection of conflict management strategies in interpersonal relationships have not been clearly delineated. The underlying stereotypical assumptions of this literature are that men use more competitive-type strategies in nonintimate interpersonal relationships and more withdrawal strategies in intimate interpersonal relationships. Similarly, the stereotypical beliefs are that women use more compromising strategies in nonintimate interpersonal relationships and more demanding strategies in intimate interpersonal relationships.