Date of Graduation
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Matthew M. Martin
The purpose of this study was to assess the role that emotion based personality traits play in conflict tactic choice and relationship satisfaction in romantic relationships. The researchers proposed that emotional intelligence and affective orientation influenced the choice of verbally aggressive or reasoning tactics use and their subsequent affects on overall relationship satisfaction. 159 participants, 84 men and 75 women, from a large Mid-Atlantic university participated in this study. Results showed that emotional intelligence and affective orientation were significantly correlated (r = .58), and that affective orientation in combination of the participants' perceptions of their partner's use of verbally aggressive, and reasoning tactics had the most influence on relationship satisfaction. There were gender differences in affective orientation and emotional intelligence, with females scoring higher, but not in the choice of conflict tactics.
Rudnicki, Christine A., "Emotion-based personality traits and associations with conflict tactics and relationship satisfaction in romantic relationships" (2002). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 790.