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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-55
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Social and Clinical Psychology
Volume19
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

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  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Psychology

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Forgiveness as human strength : Theory, measurement, and links to well-being. / McCullough, Michael.

In: Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 19, No. 1, 01.03.2000, p. 43-55.

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