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What motivates third parties to take sides?: effect of subjective power and personal characteristics.

Vopersal, A.M. (2011) What motivates third parties to take sides?: effect of subjective power and personal characteristics.

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Abstract:Side-taking is a main reaction of third parties in interpersonal conflicts. This study focused on third-party side-taking decisions and how they are influenced by subjective power and personal characteristics (individual moral orientation and individual power distance orientation). An experimental study with 46 student participants investigated the effect of these variables on side-taking motives. The results showed that low subjective power had an effect on reward-approaching side-taking motive. High subjective power had no effect on a side-taking preference in this study. The assumed moderating effects of moral orientation and power distance orientation could not be confirmed. Additional analyses showed interesting results: low subjective power and Machiavellianism interacted in moral-based side-taking motive and Ethical Reasoning moderated the relationship between high subjective power and reward-approaching motive. The results are discussed with regard to explanations and implications.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/61009
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