Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The relationship between witnessing verbal marital conflict as a child and the behavioral anger responses in adulthood
by Ball-Miles, Nina M., Ph.D., Capella University, 2014, 139; 3646002
Abstract (Summary)

The study sought to examine the relationship between witnessing verbal marital conflict as a child and behavioral anger responses in adulthood. An underlying premise for the study was that verbal marital conflict could be an underlying cause of developmental and behavioral problems in adults who witnessed verbal marital conflict as a child. Previous studies focused on marital conflict in regards to physical conflict, leaving out verbal conflict. One hundred participants, who acknowledged witnessing verbal marital conflict as children, completed the Novaco Anger Scale (NAS; Novaco, 1994, 2003) and the Children's Perception of Interparental Conflict Scale (CPIC; Grych et al., 1992). Participants showed average anger responses and sometimes low anger responses, which did not show significant correlation with exposure to parental verbal marital conflict as children. The findings provided implications for future research which included conducting another study with the same research question, but using a qualitative approach to provide in-depth knowledge on exposure to verbal marital conflict as a child and behavioral anger responses in adulthood, while also using a quantitative approach to examine the behavioral effect. It further suggested identifying the need for person-centered intervention, and enhancing models of skill training for handling anger and relationships.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dean, Christian J.
Commitee: Maldonado, Jose, Neal, Mary B.
School: Capella University
Department: Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 76/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Counseling Psychology, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Anger responses, Behavior, Child adjustment and development, Cognitive psychology, Social and emotional, Verbal marital conflict
Publication Number: 3646002
ISBN: 9781321357639
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