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The Impact of Intergroup Emotions on Forgiveness in Northern Ireland

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Tam, Tania; Hewstone, Miles; Cairns, Ed; Tausch, Nicole; Maio, Greg; Kenworthy, Jared

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Abstract Although prejudice researchers have mainly focused their attention on changing attitudes toward outgroups, other outcome variables may also be important. In post-conflict reconciliation, intergroup forgiveness may play a crucial role in helping groups in conflict put the atrocities of the past behind them (Cairns, Tam, Hewstone, & Niens, 2005). Two studies showed that both the specific intergroup emotion of anger and infrahumanization (the attribution of more human emotions to the ingroup than to the outgroup) predicted decreased intergroup forgiveness in Northern Ireland. Results further revealed intergroup contact as a potential means of reducing anger toward the outgroup and improving attitudes toward them. This research integrated prior interpersonal theory with intergroup literature to examine the concept of intergroup forgiveness and its predictors. Results are discussed in terms of their implications for reconciliation in conflict societies.
Free Keywords forgiveness; infrahumanization; intergroup contact; intergroup emotions;
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 119-136
Journal Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 10 (2007) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1368430207071345
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)