Interdisciplinary Group Conflict Diagnosis and Intervention: Exploration of Conflict Intensity and Effective Conflict Resolution Methods

By Lois Edmund.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Conflict Resolution Studies (CRS) is a nascent interdisciplinary social science devoted to developing conflict theory and enhancing effective conflict transformation practice. Maximized practical intervention and sustainability of conflict resolution are the goals of this work. It would seem obvious that accurate and useful diagnosis of conflict elements would contribute to effective resolution practice, yet little has been done to narrow the criteria for conflict analysis and its correlation with intervention options. This article explores three intensities of group conflict: Event-Based Conflict, Communicative-Affective Conflict, and Identity-Based Conflict, and articulates diagnostic criteria for each level. Process design elements are used to differentially apply this concept to effective methods of conflict resolution.

Keywords: Conflict Resolution Studies, CRS, Group Conflict, Conflict Diagnosis

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 12, pp.35-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.190MB).

Dr. Lois Edmund

Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution Studies, Menno Simons College, Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Dr. Edmund received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1979. Since that time she has been both a practitioner and a trainer in disciplines of Psychology and Conflict Resolution Studies. She is currently a clinical mediator, specializing in group conflict, and Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution Studies.


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