Emotional responses to rejection of gestures of intergroup reconciliation

Harth, Nicole Syringa, Hornsey, Matthew J. and Barlow, Fiona Kate (2011) Emotional responses to rejection of gestures of intergroup reconciliation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37 6: 815-829. doi:10.1177/0146167211400617

Author Harth, Nicole Syringa
Hornsey, Matthew J.
Barlow, Fiona Kate
Title Emotional responses to rejection of gestures of intergroup reconciliation
Journal name Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0146-1672
Publication date 2011-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0146167211400617
Volume 37
Issue 6
Start page 815
End page 829
Total pages 15
Place of publication United States
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Four experiments examine the emotional and attitudinal consequences of victim group rejection of a gesture of reconciliation from a transgressor group. Participants were reminded about an ingroup transgression and were told that their ingroup provided an apology (Studies 1 and 4) or an offer of repair (Studies 2 and 3). The authors varied whether the victim group rejected or accepted these gestures. As predicted, rejection resulted in greater anger and lower levels of satisfaction directed toward the victim group. Victim group response had little systematic effect on anxiety or shame, however. Appraisals of the response as illegitimate mediated the effects of victim group response (Studies 3 and 4). Furthermore, Study 4 showed that the emotional backlash toward victim groups who reject an offer of reconciliation leads to heightened racism and reduced intentions to financially compensate victim groups. Implications for how groups reconcile in the face of historical transgressions are discussed.
Keyword intergroup emotions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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