Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Jeannette Seaberry


This research examined the effects of a program designed to teach a model of conflict resolution to pre-release inmates and their partners. Three inmates and their significant others were given tools that assessed their conflict resolution style and the cohesion and adaptability of their family unit at the start of an eight-week group. These scores were compared to scores taken at the end of the eight-week group and after 90 days. The scores showed a significant increase in the participants' style of conflict resolution. However, certain limitations need to be considered because of inconsistency in research tools and the low number of participants.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Counseling and the Faculty of the Graduate College of the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Degree of Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Haley Foster December, 2000