Collective guilt: what it is and what it is not

Branscombe, Nyla R., Slugoski, Ben, and Kappen, Diane M. (2004) Collective guilt: what it is and what it is not. In: Branscombe, N R, and Doosje, B, (eds.) Collective Guilt: International Perspectives. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 16-34.

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Emotions can be ephemeral. How events are appraised and the subjective experience they generate can rapidly shift with changes in the social context. In order to capture people's emotional responses to events, psychologists have employed a variety of methods induding the assessment of facial expressions (Ekman, 1984), physiological reactivity (Pennebaker,1982) and, most commonly, self-report methods (Shaver et al., 1987). Particularly for the self-conscious emotions of pride, shame, and guilt, for which differential phYSiological symptoms are not expected, researchers have primarily relied on various participant self-assessments (Tangney & Fischer, 1995). Individual differences in the tendency to experience these emotions are generally assessed via self-ratings of the frequency duration,or intensity with which they are felt. Indices that capture agreement or disagreement with Likert-type statements concerning how much the emotion is experienced with respect to a particular referent are also often employed. In this chapter, we report on the construction and validation of a self-report scale to assess various aspects of the collective guilt experience.

Item ID: 7329
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 0-521-81760-9
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Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2010 00:24
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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