Faculty Publications

Title

The impact of forgiveness on adolescent adjustment to parental divorce

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Adolescent adjustment, Divorce, Educational intervention, Forgiveness

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Divorce and Remarriage

Volume

39

Issue

1-2

First Page

135

Last Page

165

Abstract

An educational intervention with forgiveness as the goal was implemented with five adolescents who had experienced a parental divorce. The goal of the intervention was for the experimental participants to forgive their parents for a hurt associated with divorce. An exploratory, pretest-posttest design with a no treatment control group was used. Following the intervention, the experimental group illustrated statistically significant greater hope and decreased trait anxiety compared to the control group. Verbal reports from the experimental group, post-intervention illustrate that the forgiveness education did increase the adolescents' feelings of forgiveness toward their parent(s) and had a positive influence on their psychological well-being. © 2003 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2003

DOI of published version

10.1300/J087v39n01_08

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