July 27, 2016 10:20 - 11:50

Understanding Conflict among Adolescent Romantic Relationships: A Study Using Indigenous Psychological Approach

[Speaker] Sidhaya, Pratipa:1
[Co-author] Shabrina, Zafira R N:1
1:Center for Indigenous and Cultural Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia)

Conflict is unavoidable in romantic relationships and intensifies the more time invested together (Laursen, et al. 2001). Regardless, little is known about the underlying process of interpersonal relation regarding conflict in romantic relationships during late adolescence. The purpose of this qualitative research is to explore how adolescents perceive conflicts that occur in their romantic relationship. Undergraduate students aged 18-20 years oldcoming from ethnically diverse backgrounds consisting of Javanese (64,10%) and other Indonesian ethnic (35,90%) with total number of 156 (103 females and 53 males) who are currently in or had experienced in romantic relationships were asked to complete an open-ended questionnaire regarding their opinion about conflict. The data was analyzed using thematic content analysis -- categorized, single-coded, and axial coded - with indigenous psychological approach. The result indicates three factors that cause conflict in adolescents' romantic relationship: by differences (86,58%), quarrels(3,67%), and misunderstandings(9,75%).

Keyword: Adolescence, conflict, romantic relationship, indigenous psychology.
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