The researcher sought to determine if personality preferences influenced perceptions of others’ conflict styles in roommate relationships. It was hypothesized that perceptions of conflict styles would impact satisfaction. Personality preferences for extraversion-introversion and thinkerfeeler were measured along with perceptions of the roommate’s conflict style and overall satisfaction with the relationship. Surveys were distributed and completed at the end of first semester by 133 first-year students living in college residence halls. Results partially supported the prediction that personality preferences would impact perceptions of roommate’s conflict styles. Consistent with previous studies, participants perceived the conflict styles of integrating, compromising, and obliging to be generally more positive strategies of handling conflict and were associated with greater satisfaction. Dominating was seen to have no impact on satisfaction, and lastly, avoiding was viewed to be a negative conflict style and associated with less satisfaction.
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Morgan, C. (2009). Effects of Personality Preferences and Perceptions of Others' Conflict Styles Impact on Roommate Selection. Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal, 36, 52-69.