Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

Journal of Psychology and Christianity

Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

Journal of Psychology and Christianity

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DiBlasio, F. A., & Brenda, B. B. (2008).

Forgiveness intervention with married couples: Two empirical analyses

Vol. 27, 150-158.

Research on positive psychology topics such as forgiveness has flourished in the last two decades. Some of this research has indicated that forgiveness has a positive impact on healing relationships and overall marital satisfaction. DiBlasio and Brenda sought to extend this research through two studies involving a three-hour psychotherapeutic encounter focused on forgiveness.

Participants for both studies were recruited through newspapers, posters, and word of mouth. Most participants lived in the Maryland and Washington D.C. area. Participants for the first study (N = 88) ranged in age from 23 to 78 years old (M = 38.6) and were mostly White (79.5%). The amount of time married to their current spouse ranged from 3 months to 46 years (M = 9.9 years). Over 50% of the participants identified with some form of Christian faith and most identified with some religion. While participants in the second study (N = 26) generally demonstrated similar demographics, they were more evenly split between Black (53.8%) and White (46.2%) and 80% identified as Protestant or non-denominational.

In the first study, the participants were randomly assigned to a forgiveness treatment, problem-solving treatment, or a no treatment control group. …

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