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The effects of conflict type and disputants’ hierarchy on lay third parties’ conflict frame perception and side-taking preference

Sommer, Dominik (2011) The effects of conflict type and disputants’ hierarchy on lay third parties’ conflict frame perception and side-taking preference.

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Abstract:Grounded on prior research on side taking, this bachelor thesis tries to further explore how situational factors in terms of conflict types and disputants' status influence lay third parties‘ perception and their side-taking motives. Respondents were confronted with one of four conflict vignettes that resulted from a 2x2 design and employed two conflict dimensions each (task conflict vs. relationship conflict) and (peer/peer conflict vs. authority/subordinate conflict). As dependent variables the respondents‘ perception in terms of morality, relationship and instrumental conflict-framing are employed, as well as the side-taking motivation in terms of legitimacy, relationship and self-interest. Results reveal that the conflict-type is influential on the perception but not the status-type. Side- taking motivation could not be sufficiently predicted by the hypothesis. Additional results were found that suggest interaction effects between conflict- and status type for legitimacy-based side-taking and morality-based perception.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/60952
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