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Specifičnosti vršnjačkih konflikata u adolescenciji
Specificity of peer conflicts in adolescence

Author(s): Danijela Petrović
Subject(s): Education, Psychology
Published by: Društvo psihologa Srbije
Keywords: peer conflicts; adolescence; perception of conflict; conflict resolution strategies; interpersonal conflicts;

Summary/Abstract: The results of the survey conducted on the sample of 530 adolescents are presented in this paper. The sample included two age groups (13 and 16 years). The research was realised in 11 town and 26 schools. The method of the retrospection of the conflict contents, with one week retrospection interval, was used to research the perception of the conflict characteristics. The distinctive characteristics and the effects of the peer conflicts in adolescence have been identified by comparing them to the conflicts with friends, romantic partners, siblings and teachers. According to the results peer conflicts have certain specificity. Although less frequent than conflicts with parents and siblings, the peer conflicts in adolescence are widen phenomenon – on average, the adolescents get in conflict with their peers more than 13 times in a week, almost twice in a day. The most frequent causes are teasing and inappropriate jokes, deliberate provoking, gossips, insults and not respecting the differences in opinion. Peers follow the teachers as the least important persons in the conflict. Compared to the conflicts in other types of the social relations, the conflicts with peers are the least uncomfortable. Yielding is the least, competition the most present resolution strategy in peer conflicts. As well as the most conflicts in this age conflicts with peers are short time episode.

  • Issue Year: 42/2009
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 221-238
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Serbian