Especially during adolescence, conflicts can be a sign of the adolescent’s need to create a sense of self or to become autonomous and more independent. Since disagreements increase during adolescence, effective resolution can play a valuable role to youth well-being.
Effective conflict resolution has been linked to lower levels of adolescents’ psychological symptoms and higher levels of life satisfaction. On the other hand, avoidance of conflicts can have deleterious results, since it is related to reduced life satisfaction and increased psychological symptoms.
According to the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI), there have been described 5 different methods of dealing with conflict. These are: