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Perceptions of a Changing World Induce Hope and Promote Peace in Intractable Conflicts

Cohen, S, Crisp, RJ and Halperin, E (2015) Perceptions of a Changing World Induce Hope and Promote Peace in Intractable Conflicts Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41 (4). pp. 498-512.

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Abstract

The importance of hope in promoting conciliatory attitudes has been asserted in the field of conflict resolution. However, little is known about conditions inducing hope, especially in intractable conflicts, where reference to the outgroup may backfire. In the current research, five studies yielded convergent support for the hypothesis that hope for peace stems from a general perception of the world as changing. In Study 1, coders observed associations between belief in a changing world, hope regarding peace, and support for concessions. Study 2 revealed the hypothesized relations using self-reported measures. Studies 3 and 4 established causality by instilling a perception of the world as changing (vs. unchanging) using narrative and drawing manipulations. Study 5 compared the changing world message with a control condition during conflict escalation. Across studies, although the specific context was not referred to, the belief in a changing world increased support for concessions through hope for 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 :
NameEmailORCID
Cohen, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Crisp, RJUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Halperin, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : April 2015
Identification Number : 10.1177/0146167215573210
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2015 by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc
Uncontrolled Keywords : Hope, Emotions in conflict, Belief in a changing world, Intractable conflict
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 07 Nov 2016 14:19
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 18:54
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/812774

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