Forgiveness or Striking Back? The Influence of Social Interaction on Adolescents' Conflict Coping Strategy

Zhuojun Yao, Robert Enright


Based on social learning theory, this study aimed at providing a better understanding of the influence of social interaction on adolescents' conflict coping strategy. This study used the data from the Taiwan Educational Panel Survey (N=8717) to test the unique contribution of religious involvement, parent-child interaction, teacher-student interaction on adolescents' conflict coping strategy when they encountered an interpersonal offense in school. Findings showed that religious involvement, being physically hurt by father, being understood by father, and positive teacher-student interaction could increase the possibility of positive conflict coping strategy. And being verbally hurt by mother and negative teacher-student interaction would decrease the possibility of positive conflict coping strategy. Based on these results, implications for research and practice were discussed.


conflict coping strategy; school context; adolescence; social interaction

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International Journal of Educational Psychology - IJEP | ISSN: 2014-3591

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