Group-based Compunction and Anger: Their Antecedents and Consequences in Relation to Colonial Conflicts

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Group-based Compunction and Anger: Their Antecedents and Consequences in Relation to Colonial Conflicts

Authors/Autores:

  • Ana Figueiredo, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Bertjan Doosje, Department of Social Psychology, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Joaquim Pires Valentim, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Coimbra, Portugal

 

Abstract:

Group-based emotions can be experienced by group members for the past misdeeds of their ingroup towards an outgroup. The present study examines distinct antecedents and consequences of group-based compunction and anger in two countries with a history of colonization (Portugal, N = 280 and the Nether-lands, N = 184). While previous research has focused mainly on ingroup-focused antecedents of group-based emotions, such as ingroup identification and perceptions of responsibility, our research also analyzed outgroup-focused variables, such as outgroup identification and meta-perceptions. Multiple group structural equation modeling showed that group-based compunction and group-based anger have similar antecedents (exonerating cognitions, collectivism, outgroup identification and meta-perceptions). Furthermore, the results showed that the two emotions have distinct but related consequences for the improvement of intergroup relations (compensation, subjective importance of discussing the past and forgiveness assignment).

International Journal of Conflict and Violence