Topic 1 Introduction

Conflicts are natural processes and constitute differences regarding viewpoints, goals, and perspectives. Conflicts occur in every context that an individual is a part of and when addressed effectively they can strengthen an interpersonal relationship, deepen trust and facilitate open communication. Conflicts in the family and school environment, especially regarding addictions, can be quite common. Parents and teachers can have specific communication strategies in mind to manage conflicts in order to cultivate their relationship with children and adolescents and also help them avoid addictive behaviors.