Relational Spirituality and Forgiveness: Development of the Spiritual Humility Scale (SHS)

Volume
Volume 38
Issue
Summer 2010
Title
Relational Spirituality and Forgiveness: Development of the Spiritual Humility Scale (SHS)
Abstract

Research on spirituality and forgiveness has begun to examine the types of dynamic, spiritual experiences that can promote forgiveness. Specifically, we explore how victims may see an offender's humility in relationship with the Sacred, and how this appraisal affects forgiveness. We also describe the development of the Spiritual Humility Scale (SHS). In Study 1 (N = 300; F = 166, M = 134), the SHS had a single-factor structure using exploratory factor analysis. In Study 2 (N = 150), the factor structure replicated and evidence supporting construct validity was adduced. Specifically, the SHS was moderately correlated with other spiritual appraisals and with judgments of general humility. It was correlated with forgiveness, even after controlling for other spiritual appraisals. This relationship was moderated by religious commitment, such that appraising spiritual humility affected forgiveness for those high, but not low, in religious commitment.

Authors
Dr. D.E. Davis, Dr. J.N. Hook, Dr. E.L., Jr. Worthington, Dr. D.R. Van Tongeren, A.L. Gartner and D.J. Jennings II
Pages
91 - 100
Price
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