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Embitterment and its role in readiness to forgive in samples of Croatian war veterans


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Olujić, Ozana. (2018). Embitterment and its role in readiness to forgive in samples of Croatian war veterans. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Čorkalo Biruški, Dinka].

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The aim of this study was to examine the level of embitterment as a result of post–war social processes in samples of Croatian war veterans and to determine whether the levels of embitterment differ in three time points. Furthermore, we aimed to examine the correlation between embitterment and readiness to forgive with respect to the role of intergroup emotions as potential mediators of that relationship. A total of 264 Croatian war veterans participated in the study in 3 independent samples who were surveyed in 2015 (n = 65), 2016 (n = 112) and 2017 (n = 87). The results have shown that the level of embitterment was the lowest in the 2016 sample of veterans, while samples in 2015 and 2017 reported equal levels of embitterment. Embitterment was significantly negatively correlated with the readiness to forgive, that is participants who reported higher levels of embitterment were less likely to forgive the outgroup. The model of prediction of forgiveness which included embitterment and intergroup emotions while controlling for sociodemographic variables, explained 61% of variance of forgiveness. The parallel mediation model tested the mediating role of intergroup emotions and the results confirmed the hypothesis that both positive and negative intergroup emotions would be partial mediators of the relationship between embitterment and readiness to forgive.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: embitterment, intergroup emotions, forgiveness, war, Croatian war veterans
Subjects: Psychology > Socijalna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Čorkalo Biruški, Dinka
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2019 13:32
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2019 13:32

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