Forgiveness and Attachment: A Link That Survives the Grave?

Volume
Volume 39
Issue
Winter 2011
Title
Forgiveness and Attachment: A Link That Survives the Grave?
Abstract

The current project consists of two studies assessing the relationship between two attachment dimensions (anxiety and avoidance) and forgiveness in the context of bereavement. Using these two dimensions, the authors explore whether or not general attachment style and attachment to a deceased person in particular predict the degree to which one will forgive that individual. While most previous studies of extending forgiveness to living individuals suggest attachment anxiety is a more robust predictor of forgiveness, the current studies point to attachment avoidance as a more reliable predictor. The authors consider developmental and cultural factors in explaining the results and note implications for pastors and therapists.

Authors
Dr. E.A. Gassin and G.J. Lengel
Pages
316 - 329
Price
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