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Target's face loss, motivations, and forgiveness following relational transgression: comparing chinese and us cultures

Target's face loss, motivations, and forgiveness following relational transgression: comparing chinese and us cultures
Target's face loss, motivations, and forgiveness following relational transgression: comparing chinese and us cultures
We proposed that, following a transgression, as a victim's perceived face loss increased, the victim would show (i) less forgiveness towards the perpetrator; (ii) increased motivation to retaliate; and (iii) reduced desire to maintain the damaged relationship. Moreover, an interdependent self-construal was hypothesized to strengthen these associations. Results from Hong Kong Chinese and American university students revealed that greater face loss directly reduced forgiveness.

For Hong Kong Chinese, face loss also indirectly lowered forgiveness through retaliatory and relationship maintenance motivations. Self-construals, however, did not account for such cultural-specific findings. Discussion focused on how attributions for the face loss cross-culturally shaped the offended party's response to relational transgression.
american, chinese, face, forgiveness, motivation, retaliation, transgression
0265-4075
123-140
Hui, V.K-Y
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Bond, M.H.
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Hui, V.K-Y
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Bond, M.H.
7420b261-7938-4235-a543-000861949ea8

Hui, V.K-Y and Bond, M.H. (2009) Target's face loss, motivations, and forgiveness following relational transgression: comparing chinese and us cultures. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 26 (1-2), 123-140. (doi:10.1177/0265407508100312).

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Abstract

We proposed that, following a transgression, as a victim's perceived face loss increased, the victim would show (i) less forgiveness towards the perpetrator; (ii) increased motivation to retaliate; and (iii) reduced desire to maintain the damaged relationship. Moreover, an interdependent self-construal was hypothesized to strengthen these associations. Results from Hong Kong Chinese and American university students revealed that greater face loss directly reduced forgiveness.

For Hong Kong Chinese, face loss also indirectly lowered forgiveness through retaliatory and relationship maintenance motivations. Self-construals, however, did not account for such cultural-specific findings. Discussion focused on how attributions for the face loss cross-culturally shaped the offended party's response to relational transgression.

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Published date: 2009
Keywords: american, chinese, face, forgiveness, motivation, retaliation, transgression

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Local EPrints ID: 154847
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/154847
ISSN: 0265-4075
PURE UUID: 6b9bb1a5-1454-412b-9e3f-985a80bc1ff4

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Date deposited: 26 May 2010 10:30
Last modified: 16 Jul 2019 23:58

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Author: V.K-Y Hui
Author: M.H. Bond

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