A dyadic assessment of forgiveness in intimate relationships (2002)
Type of ContentTheses / Dissertations
Degree NameMaster of Arts
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury
This study investigated forgiveness from a dyadic perspective by examining intimate partners' recollections of specific incidents of offense and transgression in their relationship. This methodology facilitated the exploration of four broad questions: (1) How does internal forgiveness and expressed forgiveness differ? (2) Do responsibility attributions mediate the link between relationship evaluations and forgiveness? (3) In general, are intimate partners positively or negatively biased in their perceptions of one another's forgiveness? (4) Are partners reasonably accurate in their perceptions of each other's forgiveness? Thirty-six couples completed self-report assessments of incident negativity/severity, self-blame and partner-blame responsibility attributions, and self report and perceived-partner internal and expressed forgiveness, in addition to a measurement of relationship quality. Internal and expressed forgiveness had distinct associations with responsibility attributions and slightly different bias scores. Contrary to predictions, attributions and relationship quality were found to independently predict internal forgiveness, while only relationship quality was related to expressed forgiveness. In general, both men and women were negatively biased, and at the same time, were moderately accurate in perceiving their partner's forgiveness. Implications for forgiveness theory and research and relationship processes are discussed.
KeywordsForgiveness; Intimacy (Psychology)
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