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Antecedents and Consequences of Group-Based Guilt: The Effects of Ingroup Identification

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Doosje, Bertjan E. J.; Branscombe, Nyla R.; Spears, Russell; Manstead, Antony S. R.

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Abstract Effects of ingroup identification on antecedents and consequences of group-based guilt were examined in two experiments. In the first study, ingroup identification was unrelated to guilt when the negative historical information was said to come from an outgroup source, but was positively related when the same information was said to come from an ingroup source. Among high identifiers it is difficult to dismiss negative information when the source is one's own ingroup. In the second study, people who are low in identification were more in favor of acknowledging the negative aspects of their group's history as a way of alleviating feelings of guilt. We discuss the implications of these results for coming to terms with the legacy of a negative ingroup past.
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Free Keywords collective guilt; group-based emotion; ingroup identification;
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages p. 325-338
Journal Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 9 (2006) 3
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1368430206064637
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)