Using the course materials and the Discussion from Unit 5, write a response paper between 700-900 words. Using the case study, “He Said, She Said,” discuss conflict styles. Specifically, identify and describe the specific conflict styles and tactics each of the participants uses. In addition, offer suggestions about how the participants could create a more constructive conflict through flexibility. Use the course materials and specific examples from the case study to substantiate your claims.
- The paper must adhere to APA guidelines for citing references.
- Include a cover page.
- Include a brief summary of the case and conflict styles in the text.
- Discuss the conflict styles in the case.
- Identify and describe the specific conflict styles and tactics each of the participants uses.
- Use course materials and specific examples from the case study to substantiate your claims
- Include in-text citations and references for the sources.
- Length of the paper should be 700 or more
CM310-Communication and Conflict Unit 5: Conflict Styles and Tactics Deborah Davis, Ph.D. “He Said, She Said…” Marie, an adult college student and mother of a fifteen-year old son, has been experiencing an ongoing conflict in her home for some time now. She and her fiancé, Mike, have been at odds for the last several months of their relationship. At the center of the conflict is Lenny, Marie’s son by her first marriage. Marie and Mike argue over the way Marie punishes Lenny when he doesn’t do his household chores or violates his curfew. Mike feels Marie is too easy or soft when it comes to disciplining Lenny. When an issue arises that requires her to discipline her son, her fiancé is very vocal about his disapproval of her punishment choice. Conflict always comes of these interactions. Last Saturday night, for example, Lenny came home way past his agreed upon curfew. Marie was nervously waiting in the living room for Lenny to return, thinking something terrible had happened to him. When Marie heard Lenny’s key in the lock at 2:45 am, she jumped up, ran to the door, and greeted Lenny with, “Where have you been? I have been so worried about you! I thought you were lying on the street somewhere! Why didn’t you call me?” Lenny, unable to get a word into Marie’s assault of questions, stood in front of the open door, waiting for Marie to stop pummeling him with questions and accusations. Meanwhile, Mike strolled down the stairs, half-asleep, wondering what all the noise was about. When he reached the bottom stair, he recognized a familiar sound: Marie and Lenny are at it again, he thought to himself. Mike stood quietly for a moment, listening to the accusations, questions, denials, excuses between mother and son, hoping he could find amoment to interject. Lenny, casually leaning against the wall, stared straight ahead while Marie continued her assault. Mike stood silently as Marie told Lenny that such behavior would not be tolerated;…