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Forgiveness: a perception and motivation study among married adults.

Authors
  • Orathinkal, Jose
  • Vansteenwegen, Alfons
  • Burggraeve, Roger
Type
Published Article
Journal
Scandinavian journal of psychology
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2008
Volume
49
Issue
2
Pages
155–160
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2007.00605.x
PMID: 18352985
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This cross-sectional study investigated the perception and motivation of forgiveness among 785 heterosexually married adults from the Flanders region in Belgium. A descriptive analysis showed that, in general, the respondents have a rather positive perception of forgiveness. In the second phase of the study, a t-test showed evidence of a significant difference between the positive perception of forgiveness of the first-married and remarried adults. But on a gender level, there was no difference either in the positive or in the negative scales. This study has shown that the general forgiveness has significant (p < 0.001) positive correlation with the perception of forgiveness.

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