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University of Windsor

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Paper

Keywords

demand-withdraw, interpersonal conflict, multiple goals theory, face, politeness, relationship commitment

Start Date

18-5-2016 9:00 AM

End Date

21-5-2016 5:00 PM

Abstract

The demand-withdraw pattern in interpersonal disputes is associated with negative outcomes. Yet altruistic argument, viewed as prosocial evidence and reasoning, may affect the demand-withdraw pattern. Using multiple goals communication theory, multiple goal perceptions are hypothesized to mediate the relationship between two pattern types (using/not using altruistic argument), and interaction outcomes. US young adults (N=322) evaluated an interaction that varied in pattern type and relationship type. Mediation analyses confirmed the three hypotheses.

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Altruistic Argument in the Demand-Withdraw Pattern in Interpersonal Disputes

University of Windsor

The demand-withdraw pattern in interpersonal disputes is associated with negative outcomes. Yet altruistic argument, viewed as prosocial evidence and reasoning, may affect the demand-withdraw pattern. Using multiple goals communication theory, multiple goal perceptions are hypothesized to mediate the relationship between two pattern types (using/not using altruistic argument), and interaction outcomes. US young adults (N=322) evaluated an interaction that varied in pattern type and relationship type. Mediation analyses confirmed the three hypotheses.