Cognitive processes in intimate conflict: I⋅ extending attribution theory

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Abstract

When involved in an ongoing family conflict, family members are assumed to ask themselves attributional questions (e.g., “Who or what is causing this problem?”) and efficacy questions (e.g., “Can we solve this problem?”). Using attribution theory and social learning theory constructs, this paper presents a conceptual model explaining how the answers to these questions influence family conflict attitudes and behavior. The focus of this paper (the first of a two part series) is on how causal attributions affect blaming behavior, generalization of one negative conflict to other family situations, and family members’ sedse of efficacy for solving their problems. The author calls for more attention to the role of the individual’s cognitions in family conflict situations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-13
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Family Therapy
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

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