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Title: Forgiveness and defense style.
Authors: Maltby, J
Day, L
First Published: Mar-2004
Citation: J GENET PSYCHOL, 2004, 165 (1), pp. 99-109
Abstract: Within the literature on the psychology of forgiveness, researchers have hypothesized that the 1st stage in the process of being able to forgive is the role of psychological defense. To examine such a hypothesis, the authors explored the relationship between forgiveness and defense style. The 304 respondents (151 men, 153 women) completed measures of forgiveness (likelihood, presence of positive forgiveness, absence of negative forgiveness) and defense style. Among respondents, all measures of forgiveness shared a significant negative association with a neurotic defense style. The finding is discussed within the context of the consequences for those who may be experiencing barriers to forgiveness when dealing with conflict resolution in interpersonal situations.
DOI Link: 10.3200/GNTP.165.1.99-112
ISSN: 0022-1325
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Psychology

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