“You say it best when you say nothing at all”: effects of reparation, apology and expressions of emotions on intergroup forgiveness

Cehajic-Clancy, Sabina and Brown, Rupert (2018) “You say it best when you say nothing at all”: effects of reparation, apology and expressions of emotions on intergroup forgiveness. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. ISSN 1078-1919 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Three experiments examined the effects of a perpetrator group member expressing various emotions or no emotion on victim group members’ propensity to forgive the perpetrator group and hold positive outgroup beliefs. All studies were conducted in Bosnia Herzegovina. In Study 1 (N = 112), a member of the Serbian outgroup expressed No Emotion, Image Shame, Moral Shame or Guilt whilst talking about her group’s involvement in a recent atrocity (Srebrenica). The first condition elicited more forgiveness and more favorable outgroup cognitions in comparison with the other three conditions. This effect was replicated in Studies 2 (N = 90) and 3 (N = 98), which also incorporated manipulations of apologies and reparations respectively. Apologies had no effect on intergroup forgiveness or positive outgroup cognitions; reparations had more positive effects irrespective of emotions expressed.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: intergroup forgiveness, apology, reparation, group-based emotions
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Research Centres and Groups: Crime Research Centre
Sussex Centre for Migration Research
Depositing User: Ellena Adams
Date Deposited: 30 May 2018 07:50
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2018 15:02
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/76212

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