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The distinctive effects of empathy and hope in intractable conflicts

Rosler, N, Cohen, S and Halperin, E (2015) The distinctive effects of empathy and hope in intractable conflicts Journal of Conflict Resolution: research on war and peace between and within nations.

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The goal of the current research was to examine how discrete positive intergroup emotional phenomena affect conflict-related attitudes in different contexts of intractable conflict. We hypothesized that empathy, but not hope would be negatively associated with aggressive attitudes during escalation, while hope, but not empathy would be associated with conciliatory attitudes during de-escalation. In study 1, we examined our hypotheses within a correlational design in an emotioninducing context, while in study 2 a two-wave survey was conducted during reallife events within the context of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict; a peace summit as well as a war. Both studies supported our hypotheses, thus indicating the unique, yet complimentary, contribution of each of the two emotional phenomena to the advancement of peace.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Sociology
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Rosler, N
Cohen, S
Halperin, E
Date : 12 February 2015
DOI : 10.1177/0022002715569772
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords : Conflict resolution, Emotions, Israeli–Palestinian conflict, Empathy, Hope, Escalation, De-escalation
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 07 Nov 2016 11:37
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 18:54

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