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Noetzel, J.S., Herzfeld, A., & Votruba, A. (2020, April). The Effect of Self-Construal and Relationship on Psychological Motivations of Dispute Resolution. Poster presentation, UCARE Research Fair, Spring 2020, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Retrieved from UNL Digital Commons.


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Culture acts as a lens that can influence many aspects of an individual’s life, such as their health perceptions, cognition, and even their preferred style of conflict resolution. We predict that an individual’s self-construal and the relationship to the conflicting party affects their psychological motivations for choosing a conflict style. Previous research suggests that the aforementioned goals can drive dispute resolution preferences. We hypothesized that participants with high interdependent self-construal would rate goals of animosity reduction and relationship restoration higher than participants low in interdependent self-constural, while participants with high independent self-construal would rate the goal of process control higher than those low in independent self-construal.