Belief in the malleability of groups strengthens the tenuous link between a collective apology and intergroup forgiveness

Wohl, Michael J. A., Cohen-Chen, Smadar, Halperin, Eran, Caouette, Julie, Hayes, Nicole and Hornsey, Matthew J. (2015) Belief in the malleability of groups strengthens the tenuous link between a collective apology and intergroup forgiveness. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41 5: 714-725. doi:10.1177/0146167215576721


Author Wohl, Michael J. A.
Cohen-Chen, Smadar
Halperin, Eran
Caouette, Julie
Hayes, Nicole
Hornsey, Matthew J.
Title Belief in the malleability of groups strengthens the tenuous link between a collective apology and intergroup forgiveness
Journal name Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1552-7433
0146-1672
Publication date 2015-05-09
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0146167215576721
Open Access Status
Volume 41
Issue 5
Start page 714
End page 725
Total pages 12
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher SAGE Publications
Collection year 2016
Abstract Although it is widely assumed that collective apologies for intergroup harms facilitate forgiveness, evidence for a strong link between the two remains elusive. In four studies we tested the proposition that the apology–forgiveness link exists, but only among people who hold an implicit belief that groups can change. In Studies 1 and 2, perceived group malleability (measured and manipulated, respectively) moderated the responses to an apology by Palestinian leadership toward Israelis: Positive responses such as forgiveness increased with greater belief in group malleability. In Study 3, university students who believed in group malleability were more forgiving of a rival university’s derogatory comments in the presence (as opposed to the absence) of an apology. In Study 4, perceived perpetrator group remorse mediated the moderating effect of group malleability on the apology–forgiveness link (assessed in the context of a corporate transgression). Implications for collective apologies and movement toward reconciliation are discussed.
Keyword Apology
Forgiveness
Implicit theories
Intergroup
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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