Forgiveness and psychological adjustment following interpersonal transgressions: A longitudinal analysis

Orth, Ulrich; Berking, Matthias; Walker, Nadine; Meier, Laurenz L.; Znoj, Hansjörg (2008). Forgiveness and psychological adjustment following interpersonal transgressions: A longitudinal analysis. Journal of Research in Personality, 42(2), pp. 365-385. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.jrp.2007.07.003

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Forgiveness is often assumed to be adaptive for psychological adjustment following interpersonal transgressions. Three hundred and forty seven individuals who had experienced a recent interpersonal transgression were surveyed on four occasions over the course of six weeks. Forgiveness was assessed with scales measuring interpersonal avoidance and revenge motivation and psychological adjustment was assessed with scales measuring depression and rumination. Latent growth curve analyses showed that intraindividual changes in forgiveness were positively correlated with changes in adjustment. Latent difference score analyses indicated that adjustment predicted subsequent change in forgiveness, but that forgiveness did not predict subsequent change in adjustment. The results suggest that adjustment facilitates forgiveness, but not that forgiveness facilitates adjustment.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Work and Organisational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Orth, Ulrich; Berking, Matthias John Bryan; Meier, Laurenz and Znoj, Hansjörg

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

0092-6566

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 15:16

Last Modified:

15 Jan 2015 08:58

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.jrp.2007.07.003

Web of Science ID:

000255843600006

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.33949

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/33949 (FactScience: 199683)

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