The Multidimensional Nature of the Quest Construct Forgiveness, Spiritual Perception, and Differentiation of Self

Volume
Volume 39
Issue
Spring 2011
Title
The Multidimensional Nature of the Quest Construct Forgiveness, Spiritual Perception, and Differentiation of Self
Abstract

The study examined relationships between differentiation of self, sacred loss/desecration, and decisional or emotional forgiveness. A convenience sample (N =437) completed an on-line survey. After controlling for impact of the event, impression management, hurtfulness, and religiousness, sacred loss/desecration partially predicted forgiveness. Sacred loss significantly predicted one measure of emotional forgiveness, and desecration significantly
predicted two measures of decisional forgiveness and one measure of emotional forgiveness. Four differentiation of self scales were examined in separate hierarchical regression analyses as predictors of forgiveness, controlling for impact of the event, impression management, and hurtfulness. Each differentiation of self scale significantly predicted reduction of negative
emotion, and two differentiation of self scales significantly predicted inhibition of harmful intention. Differentiation of self partially mediated the relationship between sacred loss/desecration and emotional or decisional forgiveness. Implications for clinical practice and future research are considered.

Authors
Dr. V. T. Holeman, Dr. J.B. Dean, Dr. L. DeShea and Dr. J.D. Duba
Pages
31 - 43
Price
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