Nuestra Culpa: collective guilt as a predictor for reparation for historical wrongdoing

Brown, Rupert, Gonzalez, Roberto, Zagefka, Hanna, Manzi, Jorge and Cehajic, Sabina (2008) Nuestra Culpa: collective guilt as a predictor for reparation for historical wrongdoing. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94 (1). pp. 75-90. ISSN 0022-3514

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Abstract

Three studies examined the hypothesis that collective guilt and shame have different consequences for reparation. In 2 longitudinal studies, the ingroup was nonindigenous Chileans (Study 1: N = 124/120, lag = 8 weeks; Study 2: N = 247/137, lag = 6 months), and the outgroup was Chile's largest indigenous group, the Mapuche. In both studies, it was found that collective guilt predicted reparation attitudes longitudinally. Collective shame had only cross-sectional associations with reparation and no direct longitudinal effects. In Study 2, collective shame moderated the longitudinal effects of collective guilt such that the effects of guilt were stronger for low-shame respondents. In Study 3 (N = 193 nonindigenous Chileans), the cross-sectional relationships among guilt, shame, and reparation attitudes were replicated. The relationship between shame and reparation attitudes was mediated by a desire to improve the ingroup's reputation.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Rupert Brown
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:31
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2012 12:39
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13101
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