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Advances in Psychological Science    2016, Vol. 24 Issue (4) : 633-642     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.00633
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From trust violation to trust repair: The role of moral emotions
YAN Yu; WU Xia
(Department of Psychology, School of Philosophy, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China)
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Abstract  

Utilizing a cognitive perspective, earlier researchers investigated antecedents of trust violation and strategies of trust repair. In recent years, the important role of emotions in repairing trust has received increasing attention. Yet, the underlying mechanism of the effect of emotions has not been fully uncovered. Existing research examining the effect of emotions on trust repair mainly focuses on the cue-dependent effect of emotions, and the effect of discrete emotions (e.g., guilt, shame, anger, and sadness). A careful literature review reveals that guilt and empathy are the two most important moral emotions influencing trust repair. Specifically, guilt can encourage the trusted party to engage in compensating behaviors, while empathy can facilitate the trusting party to forgive others. Based on these findings, we build an emotion-based trust repair theoretical model that also integrates the moderating effects of target cues and trait forgiveness of the trusting party. We also suggest future research investigate the effects of other discrete emotions, particularly moral emotions, on trust repair, and the interaction effect between contextual factors and emotions.

Keywords trust repair      trust violation      target cues effect      moral emotions      guilt      empathy     
Corresponding Authors: YAN Yu, E-mail: yanyu@whu.edu.cn   
Issue Date: 15 April 2016
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YAN Yu,WU Xia. From trust violation to trust repair: The role of moral emotions[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2016, 24(4): 633-642.
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http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.00633     OR     http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/Y2016/V24/I4/633
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