Contemporary Psychology, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2012, 141-156

Original scientific paper

Attitudes towards Behavioural Styles of Adolescents in Social Conflicts

Sanja Tatalović Vorkapić - Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Rijeka, Rijeka
Nataša Vlah - Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Rijeka, Rijeka
Milko Mejovšek - Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb

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The classification model of five behavioural styles in social conflicts according to Wilmot and Hocker (1998) and Weeks (2000) presented the theoretical basis for constructing the Attitudes Scale Towards Behavioural Styles in Social Conflicts. The aim of this study was to develop the scale of adolescents’ attitudes towards behavioural styles in social conflicts in order to verify the theoretical model. During the preliminary research, statements, i.e. 70 items that include five theoretical subscales for five behaviour styles in social conflicts, were created. They were administered to a sample of 300 students of three vocational schools. After selecting items with the highest discrimination rate and factor analysis according to the H. Hotteling model with Catell Scree test and oblimin rotation applied, the final scale of 22 items, grouped into three subscales: collaboration, avoidance/accommodation and winning was created. The constructed scale was used in the main research on a sample of 1125 vocational schools students in Rijeka, both males and females. In addition, the factor analysis was repeated. The results confirmed three partite factor structure of the scale from the preliminary research. The differences according to sex in collaboration and winning were determined. The constructed instrument is a first but meaningful step toward the development of preventing risk behaviour and treatment of children and adolescents with behavioural disorders.

adolescents, attitudes scale, behavioural styles in social conflicts

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