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Emotional and behavioral reactions to social undermining: A closer look at perceived offender motives

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  • Crossley, Craig D.
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    This study examined how perceptions of underlying offender motives affect victims' emotional and behavioral reactions toward their offender. Perceived offender motives of malice and greed were embedded in a cognition-emotion-behavior model based on theories of attribution, forgiveness and revenge, and tested in the context of social undermining. Findings suggested that victims distinguished between offender malice and greed, and that these attributions shaped subsequent emotional reactions, which in turn demonstrated independent relations with revenge, avoidance, and reconciliation.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

    Volume (Year): 108 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 14-24

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jobhdp:v:108:y:2009:i:1:p:14-24

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    Keywords: Motives Affect/emotion Social undermining Attribution Forgiveness Avoidance Anger Sympathy Revenge Generalizability External validity;

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