Testing the impact and durability of a group malleability intervention in the context of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Amit Goldenberg*, Smadar Cohen-Chen, J. Parker Goyer, Carol S. Dweck, James J. Gross, Eran Halperin

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Abstract

Fostering perceptions of group malleability (teaching people that groups are capable of change and improvement) has been shown to lead to short-term improvements in intergroup attitudes and willingness to make concessions in intractable conflicts. The present study, a field intervention involving 508 Israelis from three locations in Israel, replicated and substantially extended those findings by testing the durability of a group malleability intervention during a 6-month period of frequent violence. Three different 5-hour-long interventions were administered as leadership workshops. The group malleability intervention was compared with a neutral coping intervention and, importantly, with a state-of-the-art perspective-taking intervention. The group malleability intervention proved superior to the coping intervention in improving attitudes, hope, and willingness to make concessions, and maintained this advantage during a 6-month period of intense intergroup conflict. Moreover, it was as good as, and in some respects superior to, the perspective-taking intervention. These findings provide a naturalistic examination of the potential of group malleability interventions to increase openness to conflict resolution.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)696-701
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume115
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 23 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. We thank Shira Ran and Rikki Nouri for their assistance in this project. This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant 1251645 (to C.S.D., J.J.G., and E.H.).

Funding Information:
We thank Shira Ran and Rikki Nouri for their assistance in this project. This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant 1251645 (to C.S.D., J.J.G., and E.H.).

Keywords

  • Emotions
  • Intergroup conflicts
  • Mindsets
  • Psychological interventions

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