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Unresolved conflict occurs in friendships, romantic relationships, family conflicts, and workplace settings. This study examines the different factors and behavioral/cognitive attributes that contribute to unresolved, interpersonal conflicts. A survey of undergraduates were asked to recall a conflict that was not resolved and answer related questions pertaining to conflict styles, problem seriousness, frequency of thinking, climate, and closeness. Associations between conflict styles and mulling or problem seriousness were not found, but mulling and problem seriousness correlated. Other significant findings also occurred in the exploration of climate and gender over the topic of unresolved conflict.

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unresolved conflict, mulling, problem seriousness, climate, conflict styles, closeness, gender differences

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CST 416: Conflict and Negotiation Capstone Project

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