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Belief in the Malleability of Groups Strengthens the Tenuous Link Between a Collective Apology and Intergroup Forgiveness

Wohl, MJA, Cohen, S, Halperin, E, Caouette, J, Hayes, N and Hornsey, MJ (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). pp. 714-725.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Sociology
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Wohl, MJAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cohen, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Halperin, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Caouette, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hayes, NUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hornsey, MJUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : May 2015
Identification Number : 10.1177/0146167215576721
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2015 by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc
Uncontrolled Keywords : Apology, Forgiveness, Implicit theories, Intergroup
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 07 Nov 2016 14:07
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 18:54
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/812772

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