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    What motivates lay third parties to take sides in a conflict? examining the relationships between the big five personality traits and side-taking motives

    Yang, Huadong and Li, C. and Hendriks, J. and Wang, Q. (2011) What motivates lay third parties to take sides in a conflict? examining the relationships between the big five personality traits and side-taking motives. European Journal of Personality 25 (1), pp. 65-75. ISSN 1099-0984.

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    Abstract

    Taking sides is one of the reactions available to third parties in handling a dispute. From the perspective of individual differences, this study was aimed at identifying lay third parties' motives for side taking and exploring their relations with the Big Five personality traits. We tested our assumptions using three samples: A Dutch student sample (n = 111), a Dutch employee sample (n = 101) and a Chinese student sample (n = 124). The findings revealed four types of side-taking motives: Moral, relational, reward-approaching and sanction-avoiding motives. The results also showed that individuals' personality traits were relevant to the four types of side-taking motives: Agreeableness was associated with the relational motive for side taking, and intellectual autonomy was associated with the reward-approaching motive, the sanction-avoiding motive and the relational motive for side taking. Implications and explanations of these findings are discussed.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
    Depositing User: Huadong Yang
    Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2013 08:31
    Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:29
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/6386

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