How social connectedness affects guilt and shame: Mediation by hope and differentiation of self

Ian Williamson, Steve J. Sandage, Richard M. Lee

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Abstract

We tested a mediation model of social connectedness and guilt and shame. Social connectedness was hypothesized to be related to greater hope and differentiation of self. Hope and differentiation of self, in turn, were expected to be related to less shame and more prosocial guilt. The results found that hope mediated the relationship between social connectedness and guilt, and differentiation of self mediated the relationship between social connectedness and shame. Alternative explanatory models were explored and taken into consideration in the interpretation of the results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2159-2170
Number of pages12
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume43
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007

Keywords

  • Differentiation of self
  • Guilt
  • Hope
  • Shame
  • Social connectedness

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