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Meaning Threat Can Promote Peaceful, Not Only Military-Based Approaches to Intergroup Conflict: The Moderating Role of Ingroup Glorification

Version
3
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Leidner, Bernhard
  • Rovenpor, Daniel
  • Kardos, Peter
  • O'Brien, Thomas
Publication Date
2015-08-17
Free Keywords
meaning maintenanc; pacifism; threat; intergroup conflict; meaning; glorification
Description
  • Abstract

    Most research on threat documents its negative consequences. Similarly, most research on intergroup context has emphasized its negative behavioral effects. Drawing on the Meaning Maintenance Model and recent perspectives on the potential for positivity in intergroup conflict, we predicted that meaning threat can produce both antisocial and prosocial responses to intergroup conflict, depending on people’s preexisting meaning frameworks. Studies 1 and 2 demonstrated that under meaning threat, low ingroup glorifiers strengthened their support for peaceful conflict resolution, whereas high ingroup glorifiers strengthened their support for military-based conflict resolution. In the context of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Study 3 found that low glorification was associated with greater support for peace during “hot” (but not “cold”) conflict, because hot conflict reduced meaning in life. These findings are consistent with the notion that when meaning is threatened, people affirm their preexisting values – whether pro-social or anti-social – even in the context of intergroup conflict.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2011-09-05 / 2015-08-31
    Fall 2010 - Summer 2015
Geographic Coverage
  • USA
  • Israel
Availability
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Update Metadata: 2016-08-27 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-08-17

Leidner, Bernhard; Rovenpor, Daniel; Kardos, Peter; O'Brien, Thomas (2015): Meaning Threat Can Promote Peaceful, Not Only Military-Based Approaches to Intergroup Conflict: The Moderating Role of Ingroup Glorification. Version: 3. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E44561V3