Publication details [#62721]

Zhang, Yan Bing and Weston T. Wiebe. 2017. Conflict Initiating Factors and Management Styles in Family and Nonfamily Intergenerational Relationships: Young Adults’ Retrospective Written Accounts. Journal of Language and Social Psychology 36 (3) : 368–379.
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SAGE Publications


Employing a content analytic approach, this inquiry explored young adults’ retrospective written accounts about their perceived communication with family and nonfamily elders in conflict situations to reveal conflict causing factors and management styles. Outcomes disclosed that old-to-young criticism (particularly in nonfamily contexts) and competition were the most often mentioned conflict initiating factor and management style in intergenerational relationships. Also, outcomes pointed out that family elders’ use of the competing and avoiding styles were reciprocated by young adults.