Research on religion/spirituality and forgiveness: A meta-analytic review
Rosemead School of Psychology
In the present article, we review the literature on religion/spirituality (R/S) and forgiveness using meta-analysis. R/S was positively related to trait forgivingness (i.e., across relationships and situations; r = .29), state forgiveness (i.e., of a specific offense; r = .15), and self-forgiveness (r = .12). Contextual measures of R/S more proximal to the forgiveness process were more strongly related to state forgiveness than were dispositional measures of R/S. Measures of one’s relationship with the sacred were more strongly related to self-forgiveness than were dispositional R/S measures. We discuss implications for next steps in the study of R/S and forgiveness.
Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
DOI of Published Version
Hill, Peter C., "Research on religion/spirituality and forgiveness: A meta-analytic review" (2013). Faculty Articles & Research. 585.