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Group conflict is conlict generated as the result of group dynamics.

It can be separated into two sub-categories of conflict:

  • inter-group conflict (in which distinct groups of individuals are at odds with one another), and
  • intra-group conflict (in which select individuals a part of the same group clash with one another).

Although both forms of conflict have the ability to spiral upward in severity, it has been noted that conflict present at the group level (i.e., inter-group rivalries) is generally considered to be more powerful than conflict present at an individual level – a phenomenon known as the discontinuity effect.[1]


  1. Forsyth, D. R. (2009). Group dynamics (5th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.