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Argumentativeness and verbal aggressiveness: Type of argument as a situational constraint
Unformatted Document Text:  Argumentativeness 4 of it” (p. 271). Such arguments may not lead to resolutions, although this lack of resolution does not necessarily result in negative effects (Newell & Stutman, 1988). Earlier research has illustrated that these types of arguments are reported to occur in interpersonal relationships such as friendships and romantic relationships (Author, 1999; Author, 2000); however, most previous research that has examined these types of arguments has utilized strangers (e.g., Infante, 1982; Levine & Boster, 1996). Examples of such public issue argument topics include politics, women’s right to choose abortion, the environment, the death penalty, drug legalization, and many other topics about which people discuss and argue in their everyday lives. Personal issue arguments focus on issues related to the interpersonal relationship of the two individuals arguing. Such arguments could include arguing over issues referring directly to the behavior that each person enacts in their relationship or indirectly to the behavior of the individuals by pertaining to the behavior of other intimates of the two (e.g., arguing over in- laws). These focus on the interdependence of the two individuals (Newell & Stutman, 1988). Personal issue arguments relate to disagreements that “make a difference” because they concern interference of one individual’s goals (Newell & Stutman, 1988, p. 271). Differences cannot be left unresolved without harmful effects. Personal issue arguments are also more relevant to the continuation of the relationship. Examples of personal issue arguments include household chores, one’s hurt feelings, one’s choice of behaviors that stem from or reflect on the relationship, and many other topics that affect the ability of people to interact positively with one another. Previous research that has examined the importance of these topics for interpersonal relationships includes Zietlow and Sillars (1988). They found that irritability and lack of communication were ranked as the most salient problems, while disagreements about leisure time and division of household responsibilities were rated some of the least salient topics.

Authors: Johnson, Amy.
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Argumentativeness 4
of it” (p. 271). Such arguments may not lead to resolutions, although this lack of resolution does
not necessarily result in negative effects (Newell & Stutman, 1988). Earlier research has
illustrated that these types of arguments are reported to occur in interpersonal relationships such
as friendships and romantic relationships (Author, 1999; Author, 2000); however, most previous
research that has examined these types of arguments has utilized strangers (e.g., Infante, 1982;
Levine & Boster, 1996). Examples of such public issue argument topics include politics,
women’s right to choose abortion, the environment, the death penalty, drug legalization, and
many other topics about which people discuss and argue in their everyday lives.
Personal issue arguments focus on issues related to the interpersonal relationship of the
two individuals arguing. Such arguments could include arguing over issues referring directly to
the behavior that each person enacts in their relationship or indirectly to the behavior of the
individuals by pertaining to the behavior of other intimates of the two (e.g., arguing over in-
laws). These focus on the interdependence of the two individuals (Newell & Stutman, 1988).
Personal issue arguments relate to disagreements that “make a difference” because they concern
interference of one individual’s goals (Newell & Stutman, 1988, p. 271). Differences cannot be
left unresolved without harmful effects. Personal issue arguments are also more relevant to the
continuation of the relationship. Examples of personal issue arguments include household
chores, one’s hurt feelings, one’s choice of behaviors that stem from or reflect on the
relationship, and many other topics that affect the ability of people to interact positively with one
another. Previous research that has examined the importance of these topics for interpersonal
relationships includes Zietlow and Sillars (1988). They found that irritability and lack of
communication were ranked as the most salient problems, while disagreements about leisure
time and division of household responsibilities were rated some of the least salient topics.


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