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|Title: ||Post-conflict situations, conciliatory acts and relationship satisfaction in intimate relationships|
|Authors: ||Kontogianni, Maria|
|Keywords: ||Intimate relationships|
|Issue Date: ||2006|
|Publisher: ||© Maria Kontogianni|
|Abstract: ||The results of three studies are discussed in this thesis. In the first study, possible
relationships between jealousy, aggression, sexual desire and post-conflict sex were
investigated in a sample of 128 students and professionals from the East Midlands area.
A model was proposed which predicted that jealousy will affect aggression; aggression
will affect sexual desire and sexual desire will affect the possibility of post-conflict sex.
Correlational analysis revealed that jealousy was significantly correlated to aggression
and sexual desire; also, a strong significant relationship was found between aggression
and post-conflict sex. Correlations were also discovered between aggression and sexual
desire and between sexual desire and post-conflict sex. Further analysis using Structural
Equation Modelling tested and supported a model which showed that jealousy influenced
aggression and sexual desire, which in turn may influence post-conflict sex.
The second study explored partners' possible conciliatory acts in post-conflict situations.
The aim was to gain insight in the peace-making process and identify the ways in which
. partners attempt to reach closure over an argument and return to how they were before
the argument occurred. Interviews with 13 males and females were conducted. The
interviews were transcribed and analysed using Thematic Networks Analysis. The results
revealed that participants reached 'Perceived Closure' through four possible pathways a)
Avoiding further conflict, b) Gaining control of the situation, c) Providing/receiving
assurances, and d) Achieving normality. The exact processes involved in these
pathways were found to be defined by clusters of basic themes. The themes that
emerged showed that participants used affection, sex, distancing, apology and humour
in order to return to normality and reach closure. This process was shown to be gradual
as participants reported adopting a step-by-step approach that involves trying to gain
control of their feelings and the situation, avoiding further arguments, reinstating feelings
of security and safety and attempting to reinstate a sense of normality.
The third study was designed to explore post-conflict conciliatory acts and investigate
possible correlations with relationship satisfaction and positive and negative conflict
outcomes patterns. The sample consisted of 139 partiCipants from the East Midlands
area. The main findings were that participants who adopt constructive conflict styles (as
shown from positive conflict outcomes) tend experience higher relationship satisfaction.
Use of post-conflict conciliatory strategies was also predictive of higher relationship
|Description: ||A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.|
|Appears in Collections:||PhD Theses (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)|
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