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The effects of group memberships of victims and perpetrators in humanly caused disasters on charitable donations to victims

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Abstract

© 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. The effects of group memberships of disaster victims and perpetrators on charitable donations were measured. In Study 1 (N=92), victim group membership was experimentally varied to demonstrate an ingroup bias. In Study 2 (N=84), a similar bias was demonstrated by varying perpetrator group membership. In Study 3 (N=182), both victim and perpetrator group memberships were assessed. Perpetrator group membership interacted with victim group membership. Moreover, donations were highest when both victims and perpetrators shared a group membership. These effects were mediated by empathy with the victims, and perceived responsibility of the donor to intervene and aid the victim. Findings show that a salient perpetrator group can be harnessed to encourage helping of disaster victims.


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Author(s): James TK, Zagefka H

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Applied Social Psychology

Year: 2017

Volume: 47

Issue: 8

Pages: 446-458

Print publication date: 01/08/2017

Online publication date: 27/06/2017

Acceptance date: 05/05/2017

ISSN (print): 0021-9029

ISSN (electronic): 1559-1816

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12452

DOI: 10.1111/jasp.12452


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