Resource Unpredictability, mistrust, and war: a cross-cultural study

The Journal of Conflict Resolution Vol/Iss. 36 Published In Pages: 242-262
By Ember, Carol R., Ember, Melvin


Need satisfaction in childhood will be a negative predictor of warfare frequency


Of 13 socialization variables examined, 5 are significant and moderate predictors of more war (rhos from .31 to .37). The strongest is socialization for mistrust


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Spearman’s rank-order correlationPartially supportedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Need Satisfaction In ChildhoodIndependentSocialization
Warfare FrequencyDependentIngroup Antagonisms, Instigation Of War, Warfare