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Compassion, Acts of Contrition, and Forgiveness in Middle and Late Life

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Krause, Neal. 2016. "Compassion, Acts of Contrition, and Forgiveness in Middle and Late Life." Pastoral Psychology, 65(1): 127-141.

The purpose of this study is to assess social and psychological factors that have not been examined frequently in studies on forgiving others. A latent variable model is developed that contains the following core relationships: (1) people who attend worship services more often will receive more informal spiritual support from fellow church members; (2) individuals who get more spiritual support will be more compassionate; (3) people who are more compassionate will be less likely to require transgressors to perform acts of contrition; and (4) individuals who do not require transgressors to perform acts of contrition will find it easier to forgive. Data from a nationwide survey of middle-aged and older adults provides support for each of these relationships.

DOI:10.1007/s11089-015-0669-x (Full Text)

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