European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) Conference

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Conflicts across family settings, schools, neighborhoods, work place,
and wider communities and nations, social media, etc. can all exert an
adverse impact on individuals, threaten their identity, undermine
their quality of life as well as harm their mental and physical
health. Such conflicts can be further exacerbated due to environmental
pressures, such as poverty, climate change, economic crises,
international shake-ups (e.g., Brexit), etc.

Based on recent advancements of social psychological theory and
research, we have identified seven major hot topics which are key to
understanding difficult relationships. These are: forgiveness,
apology, justice, trust, respect, hope, and power.

This meeting created an important space for the multifaceted analysis
of different perspectives on the psychology of challenging
relationships. This broad focus offered researchers who study some of
the above concepts from an intergroup perspective to converse and
exchange with scholars with interests in similar topics but from an
interpersonal perspective. Similarly, scholars who study these
concepts among children were afforded the opportunity to discuss their
theories and empirical work with scholars who focus on adults, and
vice versa.

Currently, researchers disparately theorize and produce empirical work
on one or at most two of these concepts. This conference brought
together researchers and practitioners from around the world and
provided them with a space in which they could integrate their
theories and see the bigger and more complex picture framing difficult
relationships. In so doing, this meeting moved the field towards the
next step in developing meta-theoretical approaches to and social
psychological taxonomies of such challenging relationships.