Need for closure and coercion in inter-group conflicts: experimental evidence for the mitigating effect of accessible conflict schemas

Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka and Federico, Christopher and Cisłak, Aleksandra and Sigger, Jonathan (2008) Need for closure and coercion in inter-group conflicts: experimental evidence for the mitigating effect of accessible conflict schemas. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38 (1). pp. 84-105. ISSN 0046-2772

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Abstract

Three experimental studies demonstrate that momentarily-accessible conflict-schemas moderate the relationship between need for closure and conflict-strategy preferences, with the relationship between a high need for closure and increased competitiveness reduced to non-significance when a cooperative conflict schema is made salient but strengthened when a hostile one is activated. Study 1 manipulated the accessibility of competitive versus cooperative conflict schemas using different descriptions of a contemporary political conflict, while Studies 2 and 3 manipulated conflict-schema accessibility using primes embedded in an ostensibly-unrelated lexical decision task. Together, the present studies provide a strong pattern of experimental support for the moderating effect of conflict-schema accessibility suggested by earlier correlational studies. The implications for conflict reduction are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Applied Health Psychology group
Item ID: 4271
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Depositing User: dr Agnieszka Golec de Zavala
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2010 15:52
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2015 16:22
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/4271

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