Social-Psychological Interventions for Intergroup Reconciliation: An Emotion Regulation Perspective

Sabina Čehajić-Clancy*, Amit Goldenberg, James J. Gross, Eran Halperin

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Intergroup reconciliation is a requirement for lasting peace in the context of intergroup conflicts. In this article, we offer an emotion regulation perspective on social-psychological interventions aimed at facilitating intergroup reconciliation. In the first section of the article, we conceptualize intergroup reconciliation as an emotion-regulation process involving positive affective change and offer a framework that integrates the emotion regulation and intergroup reconciliation literatures. In the sections that follow, we review social-psychological interventions that involve changes in beliefs and identity and assess their effects on specific intergroup emotions pertinent for intergroup reconciliation. More specifically, we focus our discussion on specific reconciliation-oriented intervention strategies and their relation to emotions pertinent for facilitating reconciliation, including intergroup hatred, anger, guilt, hope, and empathy. In the final section, we consider key implications and growth points for the field of intergroup reconciliation.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)73-88
Number of pages16
JournalPsychological Inquiry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • conflict resolution
  • emotion regulation
  • group-based emotions
  • intergroup reconciliation


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