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J Couns Psychol. 2015 Apr;62(2):329-35. doi: 10.1037/cou0000063.

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

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1
Counseling Services Department, Georgia State University.
2
Department of Psychology, Hong Kong Institute of Education.
3
Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University.
4
Department of Psychology, University of North Texas.
5
Department of Psychology, Hope College.

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.

PMID:
25867697
DOI:
10.1037/cou0000063
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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