A meta-analytic review of the effect of guilt on compliance

Franklin J. Boster, Shannon Cruz, Brian Manata, Briana N. DeAngelis, Jie Zhuang

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Meta-analytic procedures were used to estimate the effect of experienced guilt on compliance. Examination of 47 effect sizes indicated that inducing guilt is an effective means by which to increase compliance, ρ = .26. Moreover, despite coding for numerous substantive and methodological moderators, there was no evidence of moderation in these data. Instead, correcting for measurement error in the independent variable and restriction in range in the dependent explained all variance in effect sizes, yielding a corrected effect size of ρ′ = .35.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-67
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Influence
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • guilt
  • meta-analysis
  • Social influence

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