Conflict theorists present a convincing case showing that conflict is an inevitable part of all human association. Sociologists and psychologists do research to find out why conflict occurs, implicitly to be able to provide information which will enable people to avoid conflict. The importance of the Conflict Tactics Scales (CTS) stems from the assumption that conflict is an inevitable part of all human association, including that of the family. The CT Scales has moderate to high reliabilities, and there is evidence of concurrent and construct validity. The CT Scales was developed through the use of a model analogous to a 3 by 8 factorial design experiment. The three levels of the first factor are the conflict tactics: reasoning, verbal aggression, and violence. The CTS consists of a list of actions which a family member might take in a conflict with another member. The CTS begins with the items concerning parent-to-child relationships.