Decisional and emotional forgiveness scales: Psychometric validity and correlates with personality and vengeance.
AuthorsCavalcanti, Thiago Medeiros
de Holanda Coelho, Gabriel Lins
Rezende, Alessandro Teixeira
Vione, Katia Correa
Gouveia, Valdiney Veloso
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AbstractForgiveness is an internal process to overcome negative aspects (e.g., anger, bitterness, resentment) towards an offender, being associated to a range of variables (e.g., well-being, quality of loving relationships, resilience). Forgiveness can happen through two different types: (1) decisional, which is a behavioural modification to reduce direct hostility; and (2) emotional, which is a transformation of negative emotions into positive. The current research aimed to gather psychometric evidences for the Decisional Forgiveness Scale (DFS) and the Emotional Forgiveness Scale (EFS), using a Brazilian sample. Two studies were conducted. In Study 1 (n = 181), the bifactorial structures were replicated, also providing satisfactory reliability levels. Through Item Response Theory, results indicated good discrimination, difficulty levels, and considerable information to all the items from both measures. In Study 2 (n = 220), confirmatory factor analyses confirmed their structure, presenting good model fit. The measures were also invariant regarding participants’ gender. Finally, the measures presented significant results when correlated to personality and vengeance. In sum, the instruments demonstrated satisfactory psychometric properties, evidencing the possibility of their use in the respective context.
CitationCavalcanti, T. M. et al (2018) 'Decisional and Emotional Forgiveness Scales: Psychometric Validity and Correlates with Personality and Vengeance' Applied Research in Quality of Life, DOI: 10.1007/s11482-018-9653-9
JournalApplied Research in Quality of Life