ERIC Number: ED050415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Power Structures on the Propensity to Initiate Conflict in a Triad.
Hartman, E. Alan; And Others
Thirty students were formed into ten triads, each of which participated in a series of 48 games generated by the combination of eight power structures with six payoff levels. The game paradigm presented each player with the option of attacking or not attacking one of the other two players in this triad. The game procedure, apparatus and design are fully described. It was found that the power structure of the triad, the position in certain of these structures, and the type of local norm that develops all affect the propensity to engage in conflict in which at most one person can achieve his goal, and in which it is possible for all to fail. The study of more complex conflict is encouraged. (TL)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing.; Texas Christian Univ., Fort Worth.
Note: Paper presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Convention in Detroit, Michigan, May 6-8, 1971