Why Women Apologize more than Men: Gender Differences in Thresholds for Perceiving Offensive Behavior

submitted by: kschuman
Despite wide acceptance of the stereotype that women apologize more readily than men, there is little systematic evidence to support this stereotype or its supposed bases (e.g., men’s fragile egos). We designed two studies to examine whether gender differences in apology behavior exist and, if so, why. In Study 1, participants reported in daily diaries all offenses they committed or experienced and whether an apology had been offered. Women reported offering more apologies than men, but...
Authors: Michael Ross, Karina Schumann