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Forgiveness; Incest victims -- Counseling of;


This study examined the effectiveness of a 20 week, individual forgiveness intervention for a late adolescent female incest survivor. The forgiveness intervention was taken from Enright's (1991) Process Model of Forgiveness. This intervention has been shown to be effective in at least four scientific studies to date (Al-Mabuk, Enright, & Cardis, 1995; Coyle & Enright, 1997; Freedman & Enright, 1996; Hehl & Enright, 1993). The participant of this study was recruited form a Midwestern community human service organization as a self-referral for counseling service. Treatment variables were measured utilizing a single-subject design that compared the subject's feelings of hope, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and willingness to forgive an offender for an unjust hurt at pretest, posttest, and follow-up. It was hypothesized that the pretest given to the individual would indicate higher levels of anxiety and depression, and lower levels of hope, self-esteem, and forgiveness than at posttest and follow-up measures. After receiving the individual forgiveness intervention, the subject illustrated improved mental health, well-being, and increased forgiveness. Results of this study were encouraging for the field of psychology and those implementing a forgiveness intervention for the treatment of an incest survivor.

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Specialist in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

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Suzanne Freedman


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