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The Interpersonal Conflict and Resolution (iCOR) Study

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Date Published
August 2018
16 pages
This study sought to determine the nature, incidence, and coincidence of forms of interpersonal conflict and resulting conflict management styles, including physical violence, in an existing nationally representative cohort of 18-32 year old individuals.
Respondent reports of conflicts that involved aggressive and violent behavior (offending and victimization) were distinguished for three relationship categories, i.e., intimate partner relationships, friends/acquaintances, and relatively unknown persons/strangers. Using a dyadic data collection design, the study assessed the nature of conflict and conflict-management behavior patterns within and outside intimate partner dyads, using information reported by both "Prime" respondents (members of the general population sample who referred an intimate partner to recruitment for an iCOR survey) and three types of counterpart relationships. Three waves of data collection were conducted. This research fills a number of significant gaps in criminology regarding the role of conflict that precedes violence and how conflict management strategies can escalate these conflicts into episodes of violence. Journal articles stemming from this research have included suggestions for program developers on how these results can inform the design of violence-prevention efforts. In addition, the research further documents the victim-offender overlap and builds on the literature on predicting this overlap by identifying new risk factors. 1 table and 36 references

Date Published: August 1, 2018