Collective Apologies and Their Effects on Forgiveness: Pessimistic Evidence but Constructive Implications

Hornsey, Matthew J., Wohl, Michael J. A. and Philpot, Catherine R. (2015) Collective Apologies and Their Effects on Forgiveness: Pessimistic Evidence but Constructive Implications. Australian Psychologist, 50 2: 106-114. doi:10.1111/ap.12087


Author Hornsey, Matthew J.
Wohl, Michael J. A.
Philpot, Catherine R.
Title Collective Apologies and Their Effects on Forgiveness: Pessimistic Evidence but Constructive Implications
Journal name Australian Psychologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0005-0067
1742-9544
Publication date 2015-04-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ap.12087
Volume 50
Issue 2
Start page 106
End page 114
Total pages 9
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In the last three decades, there has been an explosion in the frequency with which leaders of groups have issued official apologies for collective transgressions. These apologies are commonly assumed to lay a pathway to forgiveness and reconciliation, but empirical examination of the downstream consequences of collective apologies is still in its infancy. In this article, we review a series of studies—including interview studies, survey studies, and experiments—that question the assumed wisdom that collective apologies lead to intergroup forgiveness. Reasons for the muted evidence of an apology–forgiveness link at the intergroup level are elaborated, and implications for how best to issue gestures of reconciliation and remorse are discussed.
Keyword Apologies
Forgiveness
Intergroup relations
Reconciliation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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