The longitudinal association between forgiveness and relationship closeness and commitment

Jo Ann Tsang, Michael E. Mccullough, Frank D. Fincham

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Abstract

This article examines the longitudinal relationship between forgiveness and the restoration of closeness and commitment in relationships that have been damaged by transgressive behavior. Participants were 201 university students who had recently incurred painful interpersonal transgressions. The revenge and benevolence dimensions of forgiveness appeared to facilitate later closeness and commitment, whereas the avoidance dimension of forgiveness appeared to have a reciprocal causal relationship with closeness and commitment. Ramifications for the association between forgiveness and reconciliation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)448-472
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Social and Clinical Psychology
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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