Michael Weinberg is currently at the School of Social Work, University of Haifa.
Forgiveness, Coping, and Terrorism: Do Tendency to Forgive and Coping Strategies Associate With the Level of Posttraumatic Symptoms of Injured Victims of Terror Attacks?
Version of Record online: 18 DEC 2013
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Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 70, Issue 7, pages 693–703, July 2014
How to Cite
Weinberg, M., Gil, S. and Gilbar, O. (2014), Forgiveness, Coping, and Terrorism: Do Tendency to Forgive and Coping Strategies Associate With the Level of Posttraumatic Symptoms of Injured Victims of Terror Attacks?. J. Clin. Psychol., 70: 693–703. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22056
This paper is dedicated to memory of Prof. Ora Gilbar who passed away during the writing of the manuscript.
- Issue online: 13 JUN 2014
- Version of Record online: 18 DEC 2013
- terror victims;
- tendency to forgive;
- coping strategies
The study examined the tendency to forgive (self, others, and situations) and coping strategies (problem-focused, emotion-focused, and avoidance) among terror attack victims as associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptom severity.
The sample included 108 terror victims who had been injured in terror attacks (mean age 46.23, standard deviation = 11.61; 58.3% male). Participants agreed to undergo assessments of their PTSD symptoms, coping strategies, and tendency to forgive.
A nested structural equation model design showed that tendency to forgive is positively associated with problem-focused coping and negatively associated with avoidance coping. Additionally, tendency to forgive and problem-focused coping are associated with decreased PTSD symptom severity, whereas emotion-focused coping is associated with elevated PTSD symptom severity.
Tendency to forgive and coping strategies are significantly associated with each other and with severity of PTSD symptoms among individuals injured in terror attacks. Theoretical and clinical implications of the findings are discussed.