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Prediction of collective guilt assignment and acceptance: The role of war trauma experience


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Penić, Sandra. (2008). Prediction of collective guilt assignment and acceptance: The role of war trauma experience. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Čorkalo Biruški, Dinka].

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The primary aim of this research was to predict collective guilt assignment and acceptance based on some socio-demographic and socio-psychological variables of identity with regard to personal trauma caused by war experience. The research included 411 subjects; all of them were Croats, born between 1968 and 1974. The participants were divided in two groups, based on the amount of experienced war trauma: 212 of them did not undergo any traumatic events during the war and 199 of them had one or more traumatic events during the war. The results showed that people with traumatic experience assign collective guilt in a higher degree, and that prediction of collective guilt assignment with applied variables is more effective. The research also showed that men assign collective guilt in a higher degree than women, but only those who have had traumatic experience during the war. Positive correlation between the importance of religion and collective guilt assignment in traumatized people was also noticed. A higher degree of ethnic identification is connected with a greater degree of collective guilt assignment in all participants of this research, but that correlation is much stronger within the traumatic experience group. No differences in collective guilt acceptance have been noticed with regard to the amount of experienced war trauma. Collective guilt acceptance threshold is positioned quite low in all participants, which can be explained, to a lesser degree, through used prediction variables.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: collective guilt assignment, collective guilt acceptance, war trauma
Subjects: Psychology > Socijalna psihologija
Psychology > Klinička psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Čorkalo Biruški, Dinka
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2008
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 14:05

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