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Keywords

Forgiveness--United States; Forgiveness--Bulgaria; Forgiveness--Cross-cultural studies;

Abstract

The paper discusses some of the cultural differences and similarities of Americans’ and Bulgarians’ understanding of forgiveness. The data is derived from previously conducted interviews with Americans and specifically designed written surveys with Bulgarians. Both samples illustrate the applications of forgiveness in peoples’ daily life and the unique understanding of the process of forgiving, regardless of the different cultural background. The cross-cultural analysis is based on some of the crucial concepts in the culture, philosophy, and psychology literature. The data is evaluated through descriptive statistics and by comparing the percentile measures of the data from the American interviews and the Bulgarian survey findings regarding some of the topics of investigation, i.e. definitions of forgiveness, forgiveness and reconciliation, influences of culture over understandings of forgiveness, etc.

Date of Award

2013

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education

Department

Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Suzanne Freedman

Date Original

2013

Object Description

1 PDF file (v, 130 pages): illustrations

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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