Sat, Aug 20, 2005
Online Conflict Styles Surveys (with Instant Results)
The Peace and Justice Support Network of the Mennonite Church has made available two conflict styles surveys online, one for adults, and one for youth. The Adult Personal Conflict Style Inventory, by Ron Kraybill and reproduced from the Mennonite Mediation and Facilitation Training Manual, asks you to answer 20 questions describing how characteristic or uncharacteristic certain responses to conflict would be for you. After completing the survey, you are taken to a page that displays your results with explanations of your personal style. The exercise gives you two sets of scores for each of the five approaches to conflict (collaborating, forcing, compromising, avoiding and accommodating). So-called “Calm” scores apply to your response when disagreement first arises. Whereas, “Storm” scores apply to your responses if things are not easily resolved and emotions get stronger. A printable version is also available. This inventory was significantly upgraded by Kraybill in 2004 and published as Style Matters: The Kraybill Conflict Style Inventory. The upgraded version contains extensive tips for each style, cross-cultural features, and discussion questions for groups. For more info go to Riverhouse Epress.
A similar but simpler “Conflict and YOUth” questionnaire was developed for young people grades 3-12 that has fewer questions in an easier to use format. The results for younger kids are displayed using animal images for the various styles to make it more interesting. Also available is a leader’s guide, style choice reminder cards, a word search activity sheet, and a downloadable version of the quiz.
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