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Exploring the relations between regret, self-agency, and the tendency to repair using experimental methods and structural equation modeling

Evelien Bossuyt (UGent) , Agnes Moors (UGent) and Jan De Houwer (UGent)
(2014) PSYCHOLOGICAL RECORD. 64(4). p.841-857
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Previous studies suggest that feelings of regret are elicited by events appraised as goal incongruent and caused by the self, and that they are characterized by a tendency to repair the event. Study 1 investigated whether the appraisal of self-agency increases the tendency to repair. Participants played a game in which goal-congruent and goal-incongruent events were caused by themselves (self-agency) or by a die (circumstances-agency). The tendency to repair was measured via behavior and self-reports. Self-agency increased feelings of regret but not the tendency to repair. Moreover, our data rejected the idea that regret is more than other negative feelings associated with the tendency to repair. Study 2 confirmed the findings of Study 1 using autobiographical recall. Both studies provide support for a relation between self-agency and feelings of regret, but not between self-agency and the tendency to repair, nor between the tendency to repair and feelings of regret.
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ALTRUISTIC BEHAVIOR, COVARIANCE STRUCTURE-ANALYSIS, DECISION-MAKING, GUILT, EMOTION, DISAPPOINTMENT, APPRAISAL, SHAME, CONSEQUENCES, EXPERIENCE, Regret, Disappointment, Appraisal, Emotion, Action tendencies, Causal attribution, Motivation, Feeling

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Bossuyt, Evelien, Agnes Moors, and Jan De Houwer. “Exploring the Relations Between Regret, Self-agency, and the Tendency to Repair Using Experimental Methods and Structural Equation Modeling.” PSYCHOLOGICAL RECORD 64.4 (2014): 841–857. Print.
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Bossuyt, E., Moors, A., & De Houwer, J. (2014). Exploring the relations between regret, self-agency, and the tendency to repair using experimental methods and structural equation modeling. PSYCHOLOGICAL RECORD, 64(4), 841–857.
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Bossuyt, Evelien, Agnes Moors, and Jan De Houwer. 2014. “Exploring the Relations Between Regret, Self-agency, and the Tendency to Repair Using Experimental Methods and Structural Equation Modeling.” Psychological Record 64 (4): 841–857.
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Bossuyt, Evelien, Agnes Moors, and Jan De Houwer. 2014. “Exploring the Relations Between Regret, Self-agency, and the Tendency to Repair Using Experimental Methods and Structural Equation Modeling.” Psychological Record 64 (4): 841–857.
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Bossuyt E, Moors A, De Houwer J. Exploring the relations between regret, self-agency, and the tendency to repair using experimental methods and structural equation modeling. PSYCHOLOGICAL RECORD. 2014;64(4):841–57.
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E. Bossuyt, A. Moors, and J. De Houwer, “Exploring the relations between regret, self-agency, and the tendency to repair using experimental methods and structural equation modeling,” PSYCHOLOGICAL RECORD, vol. 64, no. 4, pp. 841–857, 2014.
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  author       = {Bossuyt, Evelien and Moors, Agnes and De Houwer, Jan},
  issn         = {0033-2933},
  journal      = {PSYCHOLOGICAL RECORD},
  keywords     = {ALTRUISTIC BEHAVIOR,COVARIANCE STRUCTURE-ANALYSIS,DECISION-MAKING,GUILT,EMOTION,DISAPPOINTMENT,APPRAISAL,SHAME,CONSEQUENCES,EXPERIENCE,Regret,Disappointment,Appraisal,Emotion,Action tendencies,Causal attribution,Motivation,Feeling},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {841--857},
  title        = {Exploring the relations between regret, self-agency, and the tendency to repair using experimental methods and structural equation modeling},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40732-014-0065-4},
  volume       = {64},
  year         = {2014},
}

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