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The Influence of Inequality, Responsibility and Justifiability on Reports of Group-Based Guilt for Ingroup Privilege

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Mallett, Robyn K.; Swim, Janet K.

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Abstract Although members of several social groups report feeling guilt because of their group’s actions, average reports of group-based guilt tend to be quite low. We investigate three antecedents of group-based guilt derived from research on social justice and interpersonal emotion. We find that Whites, men and women perceive inequality, responsibility and justifiability of group differences to the same extent. Moreover, each factor is a key antecedent of guilt for Whites, men and women. We also find an interaction between justifiability and responsibility such that reports of group-based guilt increase as perceptions of ingroup responsibility increase and justifications for group differences decrease. Given the beneficial consequences of group-based guilt for intergroup relations, it is important to understand what factors lead to group-based guilt.
Free Keywords group-based guilt; inequality; ingroup responsibility; justifiability; men; Whites; women;
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 57-69
Journal Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 10 (2007) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1368430207071341
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)