Carolina Pansera, Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo; Jennifer La Guardia, Department of Psychiatry and Center for Community Health, University of Rochester.
The role of sincere amends and perceived partner responsiveness in forgiveness
Version of Record online: 23 NOV 2011
Copyright © 2011 IARR
Volume 19, Issue 4, pages 696–711, December 2012
How to Cite
PANSERA, C. and LA GUARDIA, J. (2012), The role of sincere amends and perceived partner responsiveness in forgiveness. Personal Relationships, 19: 696–711. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2011.01386.x
This research was supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Grant 410-2004-0946 awarded to J.L.G.
We thank Dr. Erik Woody and Dr. Elizabeth Nilsen for their constructive feedback regarding earlier versions of this manuscript.
- Issue online: 6 DEC 2012
- Version of Record online: 23 NOV 2011
In a sample of 188 people currently in a romantic relationship, the authors examined the extent to which perceiving a partner as responsive and sincere in making amends relates to participants' forgiveness of a partner after a real-life hurtful event. Specifically, it was predicted that sincere amends would be associated with greater forgiveness because it conveys that one's partner has understood and validated one's experience of the hurtful event. Results supported this mediational model. Further, exploratory analyses suggested that this meditational model is moderated by event severity and relationship satisfaction. Discussion focuses on understanding how this work might help to inform the dynamic process of forgiveness in couples.