A new appraisal-based framework underlying hope in conflict resolution

Smadar Cohen-Chen*, Richard Crisp, Eran Halperin

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Hope is a positive emotion that plays a pivotal role in intractable conflicts and conflict resolution processes by inducing conciliatory attitudes for peace. As a catalyser for conflict resolution, it is important to further understand hope in such contexts. In this paper we present a novel framework for understanding hope in contexts of intergroup conflict. Utilizing appraisal theory of emotions and heavily relying on the implicit theories framework, we describe three targets upon which hope appraisals focus in intractable conflict - the conflict, the outgroup, and the ingroup. Next, we describe the importance of developing ways to experimentally induce hope, and utilize the appraisal-target framework to describe and classify existing and potential interventions for inducing hope in intractable conflict resolution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-214
Number of pages7
JournalEmotion Review
Issue number3
Early online date15 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017


  • appraisals
  • emotions in conflict
  • hope
  • intergroup relations


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