Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2016

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Psychology

Major

Psychology

First Advisor

Nathaniel G. Wade

Abstract

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.

Copyright Owner

Jennifer L. L. Major

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

68 pages

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Psychology Commons

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