Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The development of the Global Interpersonal Forgiveness Test (GIFT)
by Harless, Desmond, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 2012, 81; 3525679
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
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
Publication Number: 3525679
ISBN: 978-1-267-59141-8
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