Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

Dr. Howard Farris

Second Advisor

Dr. Galen Alessi

Third Advisor

Dr. William Redmon

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Kenneth Hill


This study examined the effects of a conflict management training program on the performance levels of high school adolescent females. Twenty female adolescent students were randomly assigned in equal numbers to either an experimental or control group. The students in the experimental group participated in a one school-day training program in conflict management skills. The students in the control group participated in two hours of discussion on handling conflicts. Pre- and post-training performance was measured by videotape recordings, classroom behavior ratings, behavior checklist, and student records of referrals for discipline.

The results showed the following: (1) The videotapes revealed a clear relationship between training and skill acquisition. (2) In the classroom, the behavior ratings showed only limited behavior change following training. (3) Aggressive behavior decreased as evidenced by the scores on the Achenbach Teacher's Report Form (Achenbach & Edelbrock, 1986). (4) The number of referrals decreased for the majority of students but did not change differentially for the experimental and control groups.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access

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Psychology Commons