Situational precursors of revenge

Social exclusion, relationship type, and opportunity

M. Elshout, R.M.A. Nelissen, I. van Beest, S. Elshout, W. van Dijk

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Abstract

Little is known about the situational factors that turn feelings of revenge into actual acts of revenge. Addressing this gap in the literature, this study selected a representative sample of people who acted on their feelings of revenge (avengers) and of people who did not (nonavengers), obtaining a reflection of typical antecedents of revenge. Results revealed that avengers did not report more severe offenses. Neither did avengers report less closeness to offenders nor a larger number of audience members toward whom they might want to prove something. Results did reveal that revenge was more prevalent (a) among young, male friends and acquaintances; (b) in contexts involving social exclusion; and (c) if there was a possibility to take revenge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291–305
JournalPersonal Relationships
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Situational precursors of revenge : Social exclusion, relationship type, and opportunity. / Elshout, M.; Nelissen, R.M.A.; van Beest, I.; Elshout, S.; van Dijk, W.

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