Journal article

A psychological approach to third-party side-taking in interpersonal conflicts

Huadong Yang, Evert van de Vliert, Karen Jehn

ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY REVIEW | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2018

Abstract

Third parties often react to an interpersonal conflict by taking sides. However, under the assumption that third parties are to help disputants resolve their problems, the topic of side-taking has been overlooked in the literature of conflict management. In this theoretical paper, we propose self-interest, moral, and relationship motives to explain the psychological mechanism of side-taking. We then discuss how disputant-related factors (in terms of the effects of status differences between third parties and disputants), dispute-related factors (in terms of conflict types), and contextual factors (in terms of individualism/collectivism) have an influence on the three types of side-taking mot..

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