The model makes the important assumption that the quality of early life experiences of children can significantly affect their personality development. The three preconditioning components are the self-concept, the worldview, and values. The components of the conflict cycle are stress, feelings, behavior, and response. The model is applied in analyzing an example of a negative power struggle between a child care worker and a child. The model can be used to train staff members and children to better understand daily conflicts and the ways to avoid destructive conflict situations. The model can also be used to help parents better understand the power struggles with their children, and it has been useful for children and youth in residential and group care settings. 2 figures, 16 references.