author={Berit Ingersoll-Dayton and Neal Krause},
  journal={Research on Aging},
  pages={267 - 289}
For older people, self-forgiveness may play an important role in diminishing guilt and enhancing self-acceptance. In particular, self-forgiveness can result in a more congruent view of the self. This study explored the components of self-forgiveness in a sample of 129 White and African American individuals aged 65 and older to whom religion was at least somewhat important. Qualitative methods were used to identify the reactions of older adults after committing transgressions. Analyses of the… 
Self-forgiveness versus excusing: The roles of remorse, effort, and acceptance of responsibility
Recent self-forgiveness research raises thorny issues: Are people who claim to forgive themselves merely excusing their offenses? Might it be adaptive for people to feel distress after they hurt
By ALYCE MAE MARTIN Recent literature shows that self-forgiveness may promote psychological health and well-being. Because of the potential benefits of self-forgiveness, researchers have attempted to
Orientation to the Psychology of Self-Forgiveness
In this introductory chapter, we provide an overview of the history and context of self-forgiveness research within the field of Psychology. We discuss definitions of self-forgiveness, with emphasis
Forgiving and Feeling Forgiven in Late Adulthood
The results from a latent variable model indicated that both Blacks and women were more likely to participate in organized religion, and this participation was associated with feeling closer to God, which corresponded to higher levels of global forgiveness but was not directly associated with improved well-being.
“I Had Let Everyone, Including Myself, Down”: Illuminating the Self-Forgiveness Process Among Female College Students
Abstract The self-forgiveness process may be considered emotionally taxing among college students. The current study explored college students’ past intrapersonal transgressions (n = 88) through two
Moving Toward Self-Forgiveness: Removing Barriers Related to Shame, Guilt, and Regret
When people believe that they have hurt or offended someone, one potentially adaptive response would be to forgive the self. In an ideal process of self-forgiveness, an offender would accept an
Social Work Students’ Perceptions of Themselves and Others: Self-Esteem, Empathy, and Forgiveness
ABSTRACT This study examined how 86 social work students attending a university in Florida viewed themselves and others in relation to self-esteem, empathy, and forgiveness. The study used a
A Consensus Definition of Self-Forgiveness: Implications for Assessment and Treatment
Although forgiveness is a broad psychological construct of increasing interest, the majority of research has focused on forgiveness of another person for a specific transgression. Independent of
Benefits of Self-Forgiveness on Well-Bieng and Self-Forgiveness Facilitating Factors
The current study examined archival data from 61 individuals who completed a psycho-educational intervention program in London, UK. Participants were ex-substance abusers with a history of alcohol
The Psychological Meaning of Self-Forgiveness in a Collectivist Context and the Measure Development
  • Hsin-Ping Hsu
  • Psychology
    Psychology research and behavior management
  • 2021
The measure designed here is supported by adequate psychometric evidence and will be necessary to increase the understanding of self-forgiveness cross-culturally, provide additional empirical validation and methodological refinement within different target groups, and investigate intra-individual positive strength change for the improvement and practical application of the current measurement tool.


Counseling within the Forgiveness Triad: On Forgiving, Receiving Forgiveness, and Self-Forgiveness.
The concept of the forgiveness triad—forgiving others, receiving forgiveness from others, and self-forgiveness—is introduced and discussed. Each aspect is defined, presented as philosophically
Religion and the process of forgiveness in late life
In-depth qualitative interviews were conducted with 129 elderly people in order to examine the process of religiously motivated forgiveness in late life. In particular, the purpose was to see how
Forgiveness As A Psychotherapeutic Goal With Elderly Females
A psychotherapeutic intervention with forgiveness as the goal was implemented with 24 elderly females. The client's goal was to forgive one person who had inflicted considerable psychological hurt,
Exploring self-forgiveness
On the basis of in-depth interviews with seven subjects, self-forgiveness is described not as an achievement but rather as a gift where one moves from estrangement and “brokenness” to a sense of at-homeness.
Religiosity and self-esteem among older adults.
  • N. Krause
  • Psychology
    The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences
  • 1995
It is proposed that self-esteem is highest among elderly people with the greatest, as well as the least, amount of religious commitment and lowest among older adults with only modest levels of religiosity.
Damaging Events: The Perceived Need for Forgiveness
Four models of forgiveness are identified; the health model, the philosophical model, the Christian model and the prosocial model. All define the term ‘forgiveness’ in a way which is consistent with
The Aging Self: Stabilizing and Protective Processes
Abstract The transition from middle to later adulthood involves a multitude of changes and losses on physical, psychological, and social levels that impose considerable strain on the individual′s
Age differences in stress and coping processes.
This study compares younger and older community-dwelling adults in daily hassles and eight kinds of coping and indicates that there are clear age differences in hassling and coping.
Measuring Multiple Dimensions of Religion and Spirituality for Health Research
The conceptual and empirical development of an instrument to measure religiousness and spirituality, intended explicitly for studies of health, are reported on, which is multidimensional to allow investigation of multiple possible mechanisms of effect.
Creating a life story: the task of reconciliation.
The study of reminiscence needs to focus more on the characteristics of a good life story, the processes involved in creating one, and the obstacles to its creation. Coherence, assimilation,