Date of Award

1-1-2013

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Counseling Psychology

First Advisor

Cynthia McRae

Keywords

Attitude, Forgiveness, Therapist

Abstract

Research supports the use of forgiveness in psychotherapy; however, little is known about how this process is integrated into treatment. Views on the utility of forgiveness appear to be mixed. Differences in conceptualization appear to exist between interventionists who promote its use and those who argue against it. This study explored the potential relationship between therapists' conceptualization of forgiveness, categorized as either agreeing with popular interventionists or not, and their predicted assistance of client forgiveness, as well as relationships between attitudes toward forgiveness and other potentially related variables Two hundred sixty nine participants recruited from practice-focused graduate training institutions completed a web-based survey. Results indicated there was no significant relationship between therapist conceptualizations and their belief that they will help clients forgive. More positive attitudes toward forgiveness and greater religious commitment were significant predictors of likelihood to assist clients forgive. Attitudes were significantly predicted by religious commitment and dispositional forgiveness, when controlling for likelihood to help clients forgive. Limitations, future directions, and results are discussed in the context of multicultural training, values, and therapeutic decision-making.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Cameron Cannon

File size

142 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Counseling psychology, Clinical psychology

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