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Psychosocial Intervention

On-line version ISSN 2173-4712Print version ISSN 1132-0559


ALONSO-FERRES, María; VALOR-SEGURA, Inmaculada  and  EXPOSITO, Francisca. Couple conflict-facing responses from a gender perspective: emotional intelligence as a differential pattern. Psychosocial Intervention [online]. 2019, vol.28, n.3, pp.147-156.  Epub Jan 27, 2020. ISSN 2173-4712.

Conflicts that arise in romantic relationships can be one of the greatest causes of suffering when they are not faced appropriately. Through two studies, this research analyses the differential effect of gender and the influence of emotional intelligence on conflict-facing responses, as well as their consequences at an individual and relationship level. In Study 1, we examined the existence of gender differences during conflicts through four independent samples of subjects (N = 727). After meta-analysing the results, we observed that women responded more expressively and loyally to conflict, while men had a more negligent response. In our observations in Study 2 (N = 185), emotional intelligence became a key factor in promoting a constructive response to face conflicts that is adopted by both women and men. Moreover, emotional intelligence finally favours their psychological well-being and satisfaction with the relationship. This research shows the importance of emotional skills in confronting conflicts that originate in intimate contexts such as romantic relationships and their consequences to both men and women.

Keywords : Conflict-facing responses; Gender; Emotional intelligence; Psychological well-being; Relationship satisfaction.

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