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Dealing with betrayal in close relationships: Does commitment promote forgiveness of betrayal?

Finkel, E.; Rusbult, C.; Kumashiro, Madoka and Hannon, P.. 2002. Dealing with betrayal in close relationships: Does commitment promote forgiveness of betrayal? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82(6), pp. 956-974. ISSN 00223514 [Article]

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This work complements existing research regarding the forgiveness process by highlighting the role of commitment in motivating forgiveness. On the basis of an interdependence-theoretic analysis, the authors suggest that (1) victims' self-oriented reactions to betrayal are antithetical to forgiveness, favoring impulses such as grudge and vengeance, and (2) forgiveness rests on prorelationship motivation, one cause of which is strong commitment. A priming experiment, a cross-sectional survey study, and an interaction record study revealed evidence of associations (or causal effects) of commitment with forgiveness. The commitment-forgiveness association appeared to rest on intent to persist rather than long-term orientation or psychological attachment. In addition, the commitment-forgiveness association was mediated by cognitive interpretations of betrayal incidents; evidence for mediation by emotional reactions was inconsistent.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-3514.82.6.956

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
1 June 2002Published

Item ID:

498

Date Deposited:

10 Dec 2008 10:36

Last Modified:

06 Jan 2020 15:13

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/498

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