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Unraveling the role of forgiveness in family relationships

Maio, Gregory Richard ORCID:, Thomas, Geoff, Fincham, Frank D. and Carnelley, Katherine B. 2008. Unraveling the role of forgiveness in family relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 94 (2) , pp. 307-319. 10.1037/0022-3514.94.2.307

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Testing the idea that the process of forgiveness is intrinsically different across diverse relationships, this study examined the role of forgiveness in different family relationships. In 2 laboratory sessions 1 year apart, 114 families (each including 2 parents and 1 child) completed a new measure of family forgiveness and many individual-level, relationship-level, and family-level variables that have been previously linked with forgiveness. After validating the measure of family forgiveness in cross-sectional analyses, investigators performed longitudinal analyses to examine the role of forgiveness in each family relationship over the 1-year interval. Results indicated many important positive consequences of forgiveness on individual traits, aspects of each family relationship, and general family environment. However, there were also important asymmetries in associates of forgiveness across parent-child and parent-parent relationships, demonstrating the relationship-bound nature of forgiveness.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: American Psychological Association
ISSN: 0022-3514
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 09:47

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