Majority support for minority out-groups: The roles of compassion and guilt

Aydin Karaçanta*, Julie Fitness

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    The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of compassion and guilt on support for and avoidance of an out-group program. Participants were 98 heterosexuals who were given 3 different sets of perspective-taking instructions: other-focused, self-focused, and detachment. Next, they watched a video of a bogus interview with a gay university student who described being physically assaulted because of his sexuality. It was hypothesized that other-focused instructions would elicit stronger support for a gay and lesbian anti-violence program than the other 2 conditions. This hypothesis was supported for willingness to volunteer for the program, but not for funds allocated to the program. Self-focused instructions were associated with program avoidance. Implications of the results are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2730-2749
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2006


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