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Testing the Impact and Durability of a Group Malleability Intervention in the Context of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Goldenberg, A, Cohen, Smadar, Goyer, J, Dweck, C, Gross, J and Halperin, E (2018) Testing the Impact and Durability of a Group Malleability Intervention in the Context of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

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Fostering perceptions of group malleability (teaching people that groups are capable of change and improvement) has been shown to lead to short-term improvements in intergroup attitudes and willingness to make concessions in intractable conflicts. The present study, a field intervention involving 508 Israelis from three locations in Israel, replicated and substantially extended those findings by testing the durability of a group malleability intervention over a six-month period of frequent violence. Three different 5-hour interventions were administered as leadership workshops: The group malleability intervention was compared to a neutral coping intervention and, importantly, to a state-of-the-art perspective-taking intervention. The group malleability intervention proved superior to the coping intervention in improving attitudes, hope, and willingness to make concessions, and maintained this advantage over a 6-month period of intense intergroup conflict. Moreover, it was as good as, and in some respects superior to, the perspective-taking intervention. These findings provide the first naturalistic examination of the potential of group malleability interventions to increase openness to conflict resolution.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Goldenberg, A
Goyer, J
Dweck, C
Gross, J
Halperin, E
Date : 8 January 2018
Identification Number : 10.1073/pnas.1706800115
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2017 The Author(s). Published under the PNAS license.
Uncontrolled Keywords : intergroup conflicts, psychological interventions, mindsets
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Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 20 Dec 2017 14:18
Last Modified : 26 Jan 2018 15:56

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