Conflict Between the Sexes Instrument

Author of Tool: 

Buss, D.

Key references: 

Buss, D. M. (1989). Conflict between the sexes: Strategic interference and the evocation of anger and upset. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 56, 735-747.
 
Buss, D. M. (1991). Conflict in married couples: Personality predictors of anger and upset. Journal of Personality, 59, 663-703.
 
Buss, D.M., & Malamuth, N. (1996). Sex, Power, Conflict. New York: Oxford University Press.

Primary use / Purpose: 

Assesses sources of anger and upset between males and females

Background: 

Conflict is predicted to occur whenever the reproductive strategy adopted by one sex interferes with that adopted by the opposite sex. Conflict is expected among unrelated members of the same sex, for example, because they frequently compete for access to the same choice resources such as food, status, and mating opportunities. Conflict during certain periods is expected between parents and their children and between siblings because in these relationships half of the genetic interests are distinct (Trivers, 1974). Despite its theoretical importance and everyday prevalence, little empirical work has been conducted with humans on precisely what men and women actually do that leads to conflict. The Conflict Between the Sexes Instrument is one of the first instruments to measure this as a construct. 

Psychometrics: 

For psychometric information, see Buss, D. M. (1989). Conflict between the sexes: Strategic interference and the evocation of anger and upset. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 56, 735-747.

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