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https://doi.org/10.31192/np.19.2.13

The Correlation between the Characteristics of Conflicts in Partner Relationships, the Experience of Emotional Burnout and Assessment of the Future of the Partner Relationship

Slavica Blažeka Kokorić orcid id orcid.org/0000-0002-3846-8384 ; Sveučilište u Zagrebu, Pravni fakultet, Studijski centar socijalnog rada, Zagreb, Hrvatska
Gordana Stolfa orcid id orcid.org/0000-0001-9465-0730 ; Dom za starije osobe »Mali Kartec«, Krk, Hrvatska


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The paper presents the results of research aimed at determining whether there is a correlation between the characteristics of conflicts in partner relationships and experience of emotional burnout and assessment of the future of the partner relationship. Data was collected by means of a survey questionnaire administered to the sample of 149 persons who were involved in psychosocial counselling due to difficulties in their partner relationships. The survey questionnaire consisted of the following measurement instruments: The Questionnaire on the Socio-Demographic Characteristics of Research Participants, the Questionnaire on Marital Burnout, the Questionnaire on the Future of the Partner Relationship and the Conflicts and Problem-solving Scales. Descriptive statistics, chi-square test, t-test and Pearson’s correlation coefficient were used in data analysis. The research results showed that persons involved in counselling due to difficulties in their partner relationship often experience emotional burnout in the partner relationship, namely on a weekly basis, and that they express an ambivalent attitude towards the future of the relationship. In doing so, they are equally ready for further active investment in the relationship, as well as for withdrawing from the relationship. There are not significant differences between men and women in assessment of emotional burnout and the future of the partner relationship, nor in assessment of the frequency of minor and major conflicts in the partner relationship. The largest percentage of research participants, namely 29.73%, experience minor conflicts in their partner relationship almost every day, while 26.35% experience them on a weekly basis and 27.03% on a monthly basis. Regarding major conflicts in the partner relationship, 6.80% of participants experience them almost every day, while 21.77% of participants experience them on a weekly basis and 20.41% on a monthly basis. A quarter of participants (23.13%) report experiencing major conflicts once per year or even less frequently. Participants in this research assess that their conflicts more often result in the conflicts becoming more profound than in conflict resolution. The results of the correlation analysis showed that a higher degree of disagreement in a partner relationship correlates with a lower willingness to actively invest in the relationship, with more frequent emotional burnout and withdrawal from the relationship. Furthermore, it has been found that more frequent efficient conflict resolution and conflict resolution capability correlates with a greater willingness to actively invest in a relationship and with a lesser degree of emotional burnout and withdrawal from the relationship. More frequent experiences with negative conflict outcomes in the form of the conflict becoming more profound are associated with a more frequent experience of emotional burnout and more frequent withdrawal from the partner relationship. In conclusion, the paper emphasises the importance of further development and greater availability of professional services aimed at providing support to partners in terms of constructive resolution of their conflicts in order to prevent the occurrence of emotional burnout and instability of partner relationships in a timely manner.

Ključne riječi

conflicts in partner relationships; conflict resolution efficiency; emotional burnout; withdrawal from the relationship

Hrčak ID:

260526

URI

https://hrcak.srce.hr/260526

Datum izdavanja:

16.7.2021.

Podaci na drugim jezicima: hrvatski

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