Date of Award
Master of Science
Nathaniel G. Wade
Evidence suggests that self-construal influences an individual’s perspective on granting forgiveness to an offender. However, there is still a lack of understanding of the intricacies of the relationships between self-construal, forgiveness, and forgiveness motivations. The current study examined the relationship between self-construal, particularly relational self-construal, and individuals’ engagement in either emotional or decisional forgiveness. In addition, I sought to understand the relationship between forgiveness behaviors and individuals’ motivations for forgiving offenders for offenses. The primary results were: 1) that relational self-construal was significantly correlated with decisional forgiveness; 2) that individuals high in relational self-construal were more likely to engage in decisional forgiveness than emotional forgiveness; and 3) that individuals who are higher in relational self-construal were more likely to endorse relationship-themed motivations for forgiveness.
Jennifer L. L. Major
Major, Jennifer L. L., "Self-Construal and Forgiveness Revisited: Examining the Motivations for Forgiving Others" (2016). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 15762.