Conflict resolution in Mexican American adolescents' friendships: Links with culture, gender and friendship quality

Shawna M. Thayer, Kimberly Updegraff, Melissa Y. Delgado

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This study was designed to describe the conflict resolution practices used in Mexican American adolescents' friendships, to explore the role of cultural orientations and values and gender-typed personality qualities in conflict resolution use, and to assess the connections between conflict resolution and friendship quality. Participants were 246 Mexican American adolescents (M = 12.77 years of age) and their older siblings (M = 15.70 years of age). Results indicated that adolescents used solution-oriented strategies most frequently, followed by nonconfrontation and control strategies. Girls were more likely than boys to use solution-oriented strategies and less likely to use control strategies. Familistic values and gender-typed personality qualities were associated with solution-oriented conflict resolution strategies. Finally, conflict resolution strategies were related to overall friendship quality: solution-oriented strategies were positively linked to intimacy and negatively associated with friendship negativity, whereas nonconfrontation and control strategies were associated with greater relationship negativity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)783-797
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of youth and adolescence
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008



  • Conflict resolution
  • Friendships
  • Gender
  • Mexican American youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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