Conflict behaviors toward mothers and fathers among male and female turkish adolescents

Tezer E., Demir A. G.

Family Therapy, vol.35, no.2, pp.83-92, 2008 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Journal Name: Family Therapy
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, Abstracts in Social Gerontology, Educational research abstracts (ERA), MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Sociological abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.83-92
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Differences between males and females in regard to conflict behaviors toward mothers and fathers were examined in a sample of 501 (326 males, 175 females) undergraduate university students. They completed a one-page questionnaire containing the theoretical definitions of five conflict behaviors identified by Thomas (1976): competing, avoiding, accommodating, compromising, and collaborating. Students were asked to rate the extent to which they exhibit each of the conflict behaviors on a 5-point Likert-type scale, separately, for their mothers and their fathers. Results revealed that females reported more competing behavior toward their mothers, and males reported more accommodating behavior toward both their mothers and fathers. Students reported more competing, compromising, and collaborating behaviors toward their mothers than toward their fathers, whereas they reported more avoiding and accommodating behaviors toward their fathers than toward their mothers. These findings supported the view that the preferences in conflict behaviors are different for males and females, particularly as exhibited toward mothers and fathers.