Title

Target’s face loss, motivations, and forgiveness following relational transgression : comparing Chinese and US cultures

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

Publication Date

3-1-2009

Volume

26

Issue

2-3

First Page

123

Last Page

140

Keywords

American, Chinese, face, forgiveness, motivation, retaliation, transgression

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.

DOI

10.1177/0265407508100312

Print ISSN

02654075

E-ISSN

14603608

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Recommended Citation

Hui, K. Y. V., & 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(0), 123-140. doi: 10.1177/0265407508100312