Purpose – Exploring assertiveness, interpersonal relationships and conflict management styles among young adults.
Design/methodology/approach– After the consent from the participants, they were briefed about the study, through questionnaires the data was collected. The sample size is 100, the sampling technique used is incidental sampling technique and the research design is cross sectional survey. It was hypothesized that there will be a significant relationship between assertiveness and interpersonal relationship & interpersonal relationships will impact conflict management styles.
Findings – The results of the study indicate that there is no significant relationship between assertiveness and interpersonal relationships. The reason for this can be attributed to either the small sample size or the effect of India cultural on relationships. The other findings are that the individual high in interpersonal liking are likely to posses avoiding conflict management style and the ones low in interpersonal liking are to opt accommodating conflict management style.
Social Implications – Since the findings of the study are substantial therefore this can be applied by youths in professional and personal relationships. Also, according to the results, the relationship between assertiveness and interpersonal relationship can be researched on further. As the findings of the study are robust, it can be further applied to domain-based interventions.
Originality/Value – This is a relevant topic considering that in today’s time maintaining relationships is a crucial part of the young adult stage of life; being assertive is neither aggressive nor submissive, hence affirming one’s rights without violating others sentiments and rights. So, this study can help in exploring about interpersonal relationships of a young adult.
Keywords: Assertiveness, Interpersonal Relationships, Conflict management, Young adults.