Affirmation, Acknowledgment of In-Group Responsibility, Group-Based Guilt, and Support for Reparative Measures

  • Čehajić-Clancy S
  • Effron D
  • Halperin E
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Three studies, 2 conducted in Israel and 1 conducted in Bosnia and Herzegovina, demonstrated that affirming a positive aspect of the self can increase one's willingness to acknowledge in-group responsibility for wrongdoing against others, express feelings of group-based guilt, and consequently provide greater support for reparation policies. By contrast, affirming one's group, although similarly boosting feelings of pride, failed to increase willingness to acknowledge and redress in-group wrongdoing. Studies 2 and 3 demonstrated the mediating role of group-based guilt. That is, increased acknowledgment of in-group responsibility for out-group victimization produced increased feelings of guilt, which in turn increased support for reparation policies to the victimized group. Theoretical and applied implications are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Acknowledgment of in-group responsibility
  • Group-based guilt
  • Reparations
  • Self-affirmation

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  • Sabina Čehajić-Clancy

  • Daniel A. Effron

  • Eran Halperin

  • Varda Liberman

  • Lee D. Ross

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