Conflict-handling behavior toward spouses and supervisors

Tezer E.

JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, vol.130, no.3, pp.281-292, 1996 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 130 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00223980.1996.9915009
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.281-292
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


The differences in conflict-handling behaviors toward spouses and supervisors in Turkey were examined. Participants were 71 married individuals (33 women, 38 men) who were subordinates working as full-time employees in different organizations and who agreed to answer a two-page questionnaire prepared by the author, based on conflict-handling behavior identified by Thomas (1976). The participants were not married to each other, nor were they working under the same supervisor. The results offered no support for the differences in five conflict-handling behaviors in different relationships. On the other hand, sex differences were observed, indicating that women tend to behave competitively toward their spouses, whereas men behave competitively toward their immediate supervisors.