Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Influence of Culture on Conflict Management Styles and Willingness to Use Mediation: A Comparative Study of African Americans and Afro-Caribbeans (Jamaicans) in South Florida
by Powell-Bennett, Claudette, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2017, 165; 10623422
Abstract (Summary)

Conflict management style preference and use of mediation within the Black population in the United States (US) is not well understood. The purpose of this study is to find out if there is a significant difference in conflict management style preference and use of mediation by African Americans and Afro-Caribbean (Jamaicans) living in the United States. Based on Hofstede's theory of individualism-collectivism cultural orientation, the US culture emphasizes individualism while Jamaica’s culture emphasizes collectivism. Responses were collected from 108 African American and Jamaican respondents anonymously, of which 96 were deemed usable. The Rahim (1983) Organizational Conflict Management Style Inventory was used to collect data on the five styles and was analyzed with the appropriate statistic test. A thematic analysis was used to analyze the text-based data gathered from the two open-ended questions at the end of the survey. The thematic analysis revealed two major themes: personal and workplace relationship conflict situations. It is recommended that future study includes three groups of Blacks instead of two groups. The preferred conflict management style from the combined group result is the compromising style. A significant difference was found in the obliging and compromising conflict management styles between African Americans and Jamaicans. No significant difference was found between the groups’ conflict management style and willingness to use mediation. The open-ended questions and individual textual description of conflict experience and willingness to use mediation were used to clarify the quantitative results and provide a better understanding of the similarities and differences among people of African descent from different cultural orientations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rice, Claire M.
Commitee: Bastidas, Elena P., Katz, Neil H.
School: Nova Southeastern University
Department: Conflict Resolution Studies
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-B 79/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Comparative literature, African American Studies, Black studies, Social psychology, Alternative Dispute Resolution
Keywords: African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Conflict styles, Cultural influence, Mediation
Publication Number: 10623422
ISBN: 978-0-355-59801-8
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