Episode-Specific Conflict Tactics Scale (ESCT)

For each statement:
A = Very true of me
B = Quite a bit true of me
C = Moderately true of me
D = A little bit true of me
E = Not at all true of me
1. I tried to change the subject.
2. I compromised with him/her.
3. I calmly discussed the issue.
4. I avoided him/her.
5. I showed concern about his/her feelings and thoughts.
6. I used threats.
7. I avoided the issue.
8. I explored solutions with him/her.
9. I criticized an aspect of his/her personality.
10. I sought a mutually beneficial solution.
11. I shouted at him/her.
12. I tried to postpone the issue as long as possible.
13. I reasoned with him/her in a give and take manner.
14. I tried to make him/her feel guilty.
15. I changed the topic of discussion.
16. I expressed my trust in him/her.
17. I was sympathetic to his/her position.
18. I blamed him/her for causing the conflict.
19. I teased him/her.
20. I was hostile.
21. I ignored the issue.
22. I showed that I lost my temper.
23. I talked about abstract things instead of the conflict issue.
24. I accepted my fair share of responsibility for the conflict.
25. I criticized his/her behavior.
26. I focused on the meaning of the words more than the conflict issue.
27. I tried to understand him/her.
28. I tried to intimidate him/her.
29. I ignored his/her thoughts and feelings.
30. I told him/her how to behave in the future.
31. I denied that there was any problem or conflict.
32. I was sarcastic in my use of humor.
33. I kept my partner guessing what was really on my mind.
34. I avoided the issue by focusing on how we were arguing instead of what we were arguing about.
35. I blamed the conflict on an aspect of his/her personality.
36. I explained why there was no problem at all.
 
Integrative tactics‚ distributive tactics‚ and avoidance tactics
 
This instrument can be found on pages 173-174 of The Relationship Between Conflict and Communication‚ Sex‚ Relationship Satisfaction‚ and other Relational Variables in Dating Relationships. Available online at:http://repositories.tdl.org/ttu-ir/bitstream/handle/2346/9978/Zacchilli_Tammy_Diss.pdf?sequence=1
 

Tammy Lowery Zacchilli‚ 2007. The Relationship Between Conflict and Communication‚ Sex‚ Relationship Satisfaction‚ and other Relational Variables in Dating Relationships. A Dissertation In EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. Texas Tech University

Canary‚ D. J.‚ Cunningham‚ E. M.‚ & Cody‚ M. J. (1988). Goal types‚ gender‚ and locus of control in managing interpersonal conflict. Communication Research‚ 15‚ 426-446