The effects of conflict resolution styles on perceived relational self-concept change

Abigail J. Caselli, Spencer Watt, Laura V. Machia, Emily T. Beauparlant

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No romantic relationship, no matter how fulfilling and satisfying it may be, is without conflict. We sought to understand how the conflict resolution styles a person uses in their relationship are associated with their perception of their self. Specifically, we examined negative conflict resolution styles and their influence on perceived relational self-concept degradation. In two studies (Ns = 272 and 184), we predicted and found that the more frequently people use negative conflict resolution styles in their relationship, the more strongly they perceive that their relationship has contributed to self-concept degradation. In Study 3 (N = 122), we conducted a longitudinal study and found greater destructive conflict styles at Time 1 predicted greater perceived relational self-concept degradation at Time 2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSelf and Identity
StateAccepted/In press - 2024


  • Conflict resolution styles
  • self-concept change
  • self-contraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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