Conflict during adolescence: exploring affect and regulation as predictors of conflict

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Donegani, Colin G.
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Mount Saint Vincent University
This study investigated the correlations between affect and regulation to see if they act as viable predictors of how adolescent students (ages 12-15) approach conflict and handle conflict resolution. Affect, in this study, is composed of positive affect and negative affect, as outlined by Watson and Tellegen (1988). This study examined regulation through two component factors: attention and inhibitory control. Three different scales—and their subscales—were used to measure these factors. Statistical analysis of the data included T-tests, Pearson correlations, and multiple regressions. Results are discussed in terms of statistical correlations to conflict and showed affect had strong statistical significance in how adolescents approached conflict, whereas regulation did not have the same statistical weight. Results were interpreted through the use of current research in the fields of conflict, affect, and regulation. Keywords: conflict, conflict resolution, affect, negative affect, positive affect, regulation, attention, inhibitory control, correlation
conflict , conflict resolution , inhibitory control