Cohort Differences in Interpersonal Conflict: Implications for the Older Patient-Younger Care Provider Interaction

Mark J. Bergstrom, Jon F. Nussbaum

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Abstract

This investigation uncovers a relation between lifespan stage, conflict styles, depth of conflict, and conflict satisfaction. Younger adults rated their general style preference for a controlling conflict style significantly higher than older adults, and indicated decreased satisfaction with a nonconfrontational conflict style and significantly higher preference for a nonconfrontational conflict style as depth of conflict increased. Older adults rated their general style preference for a solution-oriented conflict style significantly higher than younger adults. Cross-sectional results indicate that a cohort's conflict behaviors and satisfaction with those behaviors are different across the lifespan. Implications of these results are framed in the specific context of older adult-younger care provider conflict interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-248
Number of pages16
JournalHealth Communication
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication

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