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EXPLORING COMPLEX AND CONFLICTING EMOTIONS: COHESION, FLEXIBILITY, AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT IN MY MIL/DIL RELATIONSHIP

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Research on in-law relationships is fundamental to further understanding family communication throughout the lifespan. The goal of this study was to identify issues of cohesion, flexibility, and conflict management in the MIL (MIL) and DIL (DIL) relationship. This autoethnography used Olson’s circumplex model as a framework to examine the emotional bond and adaptability within the MIL/ DIL relationship. I analyzed my private journal entries and text messages between my MIL and me to recognize how I experienced discordant approaches to cohesion, flexibility in the face of role ambiguity, and conflict management in my relationship with my MIL. My findings include: 1) DIL struggles with physical togetherness versus separateness, 2) DIL experiences a sense of belonging when MIL demonstrates support, 3) DIL and MIL engage in avoidant conflict management strategies. Keywords: in-law relationship, Olson’s circumplex model, cohesion, flexibility, conflict management
subject
cohesion
conflict management
daughter-in-law
flexibility
in-law relationship
mother-in-law
contributor
Shapiro, Jamie Eden (author)
Canzona, Mollie R (committee chair)
Atchison, R. Jarrod (committee member)
date
2022-05-24T08:35:58Z (accessioned)
2022 (issued)
degree
Communication (discipline)
2027-06-01 (liftdate)
embargo
2027-06-01 (terms)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/100733 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
EXPLORING COMPLEX AND CONFLICTING EMOTIONS: COHESION, FLEXIBILITY, AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT IN MY MIL/DIL RELATIONSHIP
type
Thesis

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