This study was conducted to develop the Global Interpersonal Forgiveness Test (GIFT) a measure of forgiving behaviors, thoughts, and feelings towards strangers, acquaintances, and loved ones. The purpose of this new instrument is to develop a measure of a dispositional tendency to forgive for three different types of relationships. The GIFT is derived from the Enright 21-stage model of forgiveness to arrive at a 63-item assessment that addresses three types of relationships. Three hundred and sixteen participants in the study completed the GIFT and a principal component analysis was conducted to find basic psychometric properties. Three general factors emerged from the analysis: anger, rumination, and creating meaning/finding empathy. Results of this study indicate that the GIFT is a reliable and valid instrument that contributes to the psychology study of forgiveness by assessing forgiving in three different types of relationships.
|Advisor:||Harrist, Steve, Winterowd, Carrie|
|Commitee:||Boswell, Don, Clark, Julie, Reitan, Eric|
|School:||Oklahoma State University|
|Department:||Education (all programs)|
|School Location:||United States -- Oklahoma|
|Source:||DAI-B 74/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Counseling Psychology, Psychology|
|Keywords:||Anger and hurt, Forgiveness, Interpersonal stress, Psychometric|
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