The Longitudinal Association Between Forgiveness and Relationship Closeness and Commitment

The Longitudinal Association Between Forgiveness and Relationship Closeness and Commitment 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology Guilford Press

The Longitudinal Association Between Forgiveness and Relationship Closeness and Commitment

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Guilford Press
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© Guilford Publications Inc.
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0736-7236
DOI
10.1521/jscp.2006.25.4.448
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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.

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Journal of Social and Clinical PsychologyGuilford Press

Published: Apr 1, 2006

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