RESPONSE TO DISAGREEMENT IN DYADS.
DELAWARE UNIV NEWARK DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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Four responses, presumed to be alternative modes for reducing the aversiveness associated with disagreements, were investigated in a free-interaction, free-discussion situation. Each of 24 pairs of Ss discussed several issues toward which they held conflicting opinions and measures were provided for the degree to which each dyad member rejected to other Rejection, complied with the other Compliance, perceived the other member as complying with him Perceived Compliance, and the degree to which each dyad member minimized the importance of the issues discussed Devaluation of the Issue. The Ss employed Compliance and Perceived Compliance but not Rejection or Devaluation. Further, two significant positive correlations among response measures were found and there was not evidence that Ss employed only one response to reduce the aversiveness associated with disagreements. These results are inconsistent with data derived from experimental situations in which Ss play a predominantly passive role and consequently shed doubt on the generality of existing hypotheses regarding the resolution of interpersonal disagreements. Author