Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department / School

Communication Studies and Theatre

First Advisor

Mike Schliessmann


This study analyzed three episodes of The Real World II. The purpose of this analysis was to assess what conflict strategies were used by the roommates. The Real World II is a 11 reality-based" program. The roommates are real people chosen to live together for six months in Venice, California. Conflict is entertaining and desired. Conflict between the roommates affects their relationships, and influences the viewers' perception of conflict. The method of analysis used is based on variables identified by Deutsch (1973) and conflict strategies identified by Sillars (1980b). Sillars (1980a & 1980b) researched conflict strategies used by dormitory roommates. Avoidance, integrative and distributive strategies were found to be used by dormitory roommates (1980b). Attributions of responsibility were discussed and compared to the findings by Sillars (1980b). Attributions of responsibility on The Real World II corresponded with the conclusions of Sillars. The analysis expands on the research of Sillars by analyzing male[1]female dyads. The analysis also demonstrates how The Real World II can be used in the communication classroom.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Interpersonal conflict
Real world II (Television program)




South Dakota State University



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