Hope in the Middle East:malleability beliefs, hope, and the willingness to compromise for peace


The importance of hope has long been asserted in the field of conflict resolution. However, little is actually known about either how to induce hope or what effects hope has on conciliatory attitudes. In the current research, we tested whether (1) hope is based upon beliefs regarding conflict malleability and (2) hope predicts support for concessions for peace. Study 1, a correlational study conducted among Israeli Jews, revealed that malleability beliefs regarding conflicts in general are associated with hope regarding the Israeli–Palestinian conflict as well as with support for concessions. In Study 2, we established causality using an experimental manipulation of beliefs regarding conflicts being malleable (vs. fixed). Findings have both theoretical and practical implications regarding inducing hope in intractable conflicts, thus promoting the attitudes so critical for peacemaking.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550613484499
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: © Sage 2013. The final publication is available via Sage at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1948550613484499
Uncontrolled Keywords: hope,implicit theories,emotions in conflict ,intergroup conflict
Publication ISSN: 1948-5514
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Published Date: 2014-01-31
Published Online Date: 2013-04-22
Authors: Cohen-Chen, Smadar
Halperin, Eran
Crisp, Richard
Gross, James



Version: Accepted Version

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