Date of Award

1-1-2011

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Human Communications

First Advisor

Mary Claire Morr Serewicz

Keywords

commitment, empathy, forgiveness, friends, relational satisfaction, trust

Abstract

This research project examined how forgiveness was managed by adult friends after relational transgressions. It studied how the emotion of empathy promoted the act of forgiving and why the construct of commitment related to trust and relational satisfaction among friendship dyads. Isolating the specific emotion empathy in regards to forgiveness heightened the understanding of what emotional behaviors were used to maintain friendships once a relational transgression was experienced. Measuring and analyzing the interaction between commitment, trust, and relational satisfaction helped to determine how these constructs promoted forgiveness among adult friends.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

L. L. Poole

File size

131 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Communication

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