The Validity of the Relational Conflict Model

Laura Bokar, James N. Sells, Francesca Giordano, Toni Tollerud

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This study focused on the relational conflict cycle within the relational restoration model proposed by Sells, Beckenbach, and Patrick. The model is drawn from contextual family theory, object relations theory, and the emotional focus theory. Participating couples (N = 215) completed a demographic questionnaire and four assessments measuring conflict, pain, defense, and injury. This study provides empirical evidence supporting the relational conflict model and contributes to the understanding of relational conflict processes. The significant findings have implications for both relational research and couples counseling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-14
Number of pages8
JournalThe Family Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011


  • conflict cycle
  • couples counseling
  • relational conflict
  • relational restoration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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