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October 2021

Forgiveness as human strength: Theory, measurement, and links to well-being

Journal/Book: J Soc Clin Psychol. 2000; 19: 72 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012, USA. Guilford Publications Inc. 43-55.

Abstract: Forgiving promotes continuity in interpersonal relationships by mending the inevitable injuries and transgressions that occur in social interaction. This article presents a conceptual model positing that forgiveness is prosocial change in the motivations to avoid or to seek revenge against a transgressor. Social-psychological factors that are correlates and determinants of forgiving are reviewed. Also reviewed is the current measurement technology for assessing forgiveness constructs at the offense-specific level, the relationship-specific level, and the dispositional level. The links between forgiveness and human health and well-being are also explored. The article concludes with recommendations for future research on forgiving.

Note: Article McCullough ME, Natl Inst Healthcare Res, 6110 Execut Blvd, Suite 908, Rockville,MD 20852 USA

Keyword(s): CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS; PRISONERS-DILEMMA; ADOLESCENTS; AGGRESSION; EDUCATION; HEALTH


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