Interpersonal Conflict Handling Styles: A Survey of Chinese College Students

Su-ping TANG, Jing WANG


Thomas-Klimann Conflict Mode Instrument is a basic model for understanding and comparing interpersonal conflict handling styles. Individuals handle interpersonal conflict in various strategies, and may have a natural tendency toward one or two of these strategies. This research based on Thomas-Klimann Conflict Mode Instrument, investigated college students’ preference and use of these styles in interpersonal conflict, and analyzed it with MANOVA (multivariate analysis of variance). The results showed that:(1)college students’ preference and use of interpersonal conflict handling styles in order from high to low is compromising— collaborating—competing—accommodating—avoiding;(2)there were significant differences between males and females on competing style.
Key words: college students, interpersonal conflict, styles
Résumé: L’Instrument du mode de conflit Thomas-Klimann est un modèl de base pour comprendre et comparer les styles de règlement du conflit interpersonnel. Les individus résoudent les conflits interpersonnels avec des stratégies variantes, mais ils ont une tendance naturelle à une ou deux d’entre elles. Cet essai, basé sur l’Instrument du mode de conflit Thomas-Klimann, étudie la préférence et l’utilisation de ces styles dans les conflits interpersonnels et les analyse avec MANOVA (multivariate analysis of variance). Les résultats montrent que : premièrment, l’ordre du haut en bas de la préférence et l’utilisation des styles de règlement du conflit interpersonnel des étudants est :compromis- collaboration- compétition- accomodement- évitement ; deuxièment, il y a des différences signifiantes entre les hommes et les femmes sur le style de compétion.
Mots-Clés: étudiants, conflit interpersonnel, styles

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