The role of forgiveness in mediating feelings of betrayal within older adult romantic relationships
AdvisorCrews, Douglas A.
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Patton, Bailey. 2013. The Role of Forgiveness in Mediating Feelings of Betrayal within Older Adult Romantic Relationships. -- In Proceedings: 9th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.16-17
This study examined the contribution of forgiveness to psychological and relational well-being in adults who experienced romantic relationship betrayal. Three fourths of the participants stated having been betrayed by someone they loved romantically via sexual infidelity, desertion, deceit, outside relationships, and emotional abuse. The passage of time and religious values were the predominant response regarding their likelihood of forgiving. Respondents reported the ability to move on, personal well-being, and improved health as benefits of forgiveness. Drawing upon these results, we suggest forgiving offers a path to a stronger sense of personal well-being and the capacity for improved relationships with others.
Paper presented to the 9th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, May 8, 2013.
Research completed at the School of Social Work, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences