Forgiving the self and physical and mental health correlates : a meta-analytic review

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Author(s)

  • Don E. Davis
  • Brandon J. Griffin
  • Chris Bell
  • Joshua N. Hook
  • Daryl R. Van Tongeren
  • Cirleen DeBlaere
  • Everett L. Worthington
  • Charles J. Westbrook

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-335
Journal / PublicationJournal of Counseling Psychology
Volume62
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Self-forgiveness has been conceptualized as a coping strategy that may improve health and well-being. To better understand the functions of self-forgiveness, this meta-analysis examines the correlates of self-forgiveness associated with physical and mental health. For physical health, across 18 samples and 5,653 participants, the correlation was .32. For psychological well-being, across 65 samples and 17,939 participants, the correlation was .45. To augment this primary focus on physical and mental health correlates, we estimated the relationships between self-forgiveness and specific mental health constructs and relationship outcomes. Implications for future basic and applied research on self-forgiveness are discussed.

Research Area(s)

  • Mental health, Physical health, Self-forgiveness

Citation Format(s)

Forgiving the self and physical and mental health correlates : a meta-analytic review. / Davis, Don E.; Ho, Man Yee; Griffin, Brandon J.; Bell, Chris; Hook, Joshua N.; Van Tongeren, Daryl R.; DeBlaere, Cirleen; Worthington, Everett L.; Westbrook, Charles J.

In: Journal of Counseling Psychology, Vol. 62, No. 2, 04.2015, p. 329-335.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review