Guilt and shame through recipients’ eyes: The moderating effect of blame.

Giner-Sorolla, Roger and Kamau, Caroline W. and Castano, Emanuele (2010) Guilt and shame through recipients’ eyes: The moderating effect of blame. Social Psychology, 41 (2). pp. 88-92. ISSN 2151-2590; 1864-9335. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1027/1864-9335/a000013) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Previous research has found that people collectively wronged by an outgroup take insult when its representative offers compensation, and that an expression of shame but not guilt can lower such insult. This experiment showed a moderating factor: strength of outgroup blame. Black community members were participants, presented with an apology for discriminatory searches of Blacks by the police. The effects – that shame but not guilt reduces insult from compensation – were replicated only among those who strongly blamed outgroup entities. As before, these effects emerged only on insult rather than satisfaction measures, and only when compensation was offered. When blamed by the public, an official body should therefore consider how much its apology conveys shame rather than guilt.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: apology, emotion, groups, guilt, shame, outgroup, Black community members, Blacks, Guilt, Shame, Blame, Communities, Social Groups
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Roger Giner-Sorolla
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2013 12:26 UTC
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2014 11:26 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36633 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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