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Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


School of Communication Studies


Sharlene Richards


Previous research demonstrates that there are several similarities between sibling relationships and romantic relationships and the former may even impact the latter. Further, research has shown that sibling relationships of mixed-gender dyads more significantly impact later romantic relationships. As conflict is a normative and frequent aspect of both relationships, the purpose of this study was to determine if there is a relationship between a female’s conflict resolution style with her male sibling and her conflict resolution style with her romantic partner, if relational closeness and distance in years between her and her male sibling are moderating factors of her conflict resolution style, and if the female sibling’s use of compromise, as a conflict resolution style with her male sibling, effects her level of relational closeness with her romantic partner.

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