|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||The International Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Communication|
|Editors||Charles R Berger, Michael E Roloff|
|State||Published - 2016|
Although individuals frequently encounter provoking behaviors, they do not always confront the perpetrator and, when they do, they sometimes try to prevent the confrontation from escalating into a serious conflict. This entry illustrates how scholars describe the nature of conflict avoidance and what research shows as to the effects of conflict avoidance on conflict resolution, individual well-being, and relationships.