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TRAMES. A Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences
ISSN 1736-7514 (Electronic)
ISSN 1406-0922 (Print)
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AREAS OF CONFLICT IN THE INTIMATE COUPLE; pp. 87–100

Full article in PDF format | doi: 10.3176/tr.2013.1.04

Authors
M. E. Meza-de-Luna, H. Romero-Zepeda

Abstract

In this paper conflict within couples is studied qualitatively in a Mexican context. The objective is to analyze the areas of conflict within couples of diverse sex and sexual orientation, focused on the areas of conflict in an intimate couple. Methodology: 61 narratives (43 interviews and 18 photo-interventions) were analyzed with Ground Theory. Results: Partners usually have a set of expectations that define their relationship. Generally, a partner’s behavior is evaluated according to expectations shaped by time, communication, resources, emotion, body, and preferences. Dissatisfaction and attempts to control the partner’s behavior arise when expectations are not accomplished, leading to conflicts in the couple’s relationship. Conclusion: The participants in this study, even with different sex and sexual orientation, demonstrated common patterns of areas of conflict.


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