Perceived Excessiveness of Compensation Demands from Victimized Groups and its Consequences for Collective Guilt and Ingroup Forgiveness

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Lidstone, Sara




This series of studies examined the consequences of perceived excessiveness in demands for compensation on ingroup forgiveness, via reductions in collective guilt. It was hypothesized that when Canadian Aboriginals were perceived as making demands that were excessive relative to the past harms they endured at the hands of Non-Aboriginal Canadians, it would result in reduced collective guilt on the part of the offender group (Non-Aboriginal Canadians), allowing them to grant greater ingroup forgiveness. It was expected that this relationship would occur as a function of political orientation; specifically, that increased excessiveness of the demands would undermine the collective guilt liberals typically experience. Two pilot studies and one main study were conducted to test this model. Results revealed a non-significant moderated mediation, but found evidence that excessive demands may promote collective guilt in conservatives who typically do not report feeling collective guilt. These findings have positive implications for promoting intergroup reconciliation.


Psychology - Social




Carleton University

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