Nature and Methods of Conflict Resolution At Neighborhood Level: The Case of Gulele Sub- City in Addis Ababa

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Addis Ababa University


Conflict is a clash of opposing ideas, interests or activities. Although it is realistic to expect some conflict, people generally want to avoid conflict or hope to resolve it without harm to feelings or productivity. In this study, causes and methods of conflict resolution at neighborhood level and the link between demographic variables and conflict resolution techniques were investigated. For this investigation,' 260 neighbors were randomly selected from Gulele sub- city in Addis Ababa. A questionnaire was employed to collect data. Land borders around the residence, children, and jealousy were the main causes of conflicts among neighbors. Elders, friends, religious fathers, discuss,ing with themselves {the two conflicting parties}, going to kebele were ' some of the main ways of conflict resolution between neighbors. Results of the inferential analysis showed that there is a significant difference between demographic variables and conflict resolution techniques. Men were found to be higher in confrontation and conflict avoidance than their female counterparts. Men were also found to be emotional expressive than women. Women on the other hand were found to be higher in private / public behavior and in self-disclosure. It was als.o found out that early adulthood ' and old age have high and strong difference in the attitude, thought and behavior they have when handing conflicts. Thus, government officials and kebele leaders should collaboratively do as much as possible to alleviate the problem of conflicts at grass root levels, and to make peace prevalent in the community .



Conflict Resolution At Neighborhood Level