Conflict Resolution Styles and Marital Satisfaction in Men and Women: Study in the First Five Years of Marriage


Men and women have differences in conflict resolution styles that tend to be used to resolve their marital conflicts, affecting their marital satisfaction. This study was conducted to examine whether there was a significant effect of conflict resolution styles on marital satisfaction in men and women in the first five years of marriage, and also to know whether there was a significant difference in the level of marital satisfaction and the use of conflict resolution styles in both groups. Independent sample t-test and multiple regression tests were conducted on 625 participants (171 men and 454 women) aged 20-40 years old in marital relationships with marital duration equal to or less than five years. Conflict resolution was measured by CRSI (Conflict Resolution Styles Inventory), and marital satisfaction was measured by QMI (Quality of Marriage Index). It was found that men had a significantly higher level of marital satisfaction than women. A significant difference was also found in the use of conflict resolution styles in men and women. The conflict resolution styles used more often are positive problem solving and compliance in men, and conflict engagement in women. Then, there was also a significant effect of conflict resolution styles on marital satisfaction. The conflict resolution style that can best predict the level of marital satisfaction in both men and women was positive problem-solving. It is recommended for married individuals to apply a conflict resolution style that has a positive influence to maintain or increase their marital satisfaction.

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Syifa Rasyida Adriani, University of Indonesia, Indonesia
Yudiana Ratnasari, University of Indonesia, Indonesia

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Conference: ACP2021
Stream: Mental Health

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