Parental bonding and religiosity as predictors of dispositional forgiveness

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Passmore, Nola L., Rea, Vivienne C., Fogarty, Bronwyn T. and Zelakiewicz, Pualani M. L.. 2009. "Parental bonding and religiosity as predictors of dispositional forgiveness." Voudouris, Nicholas and Mrowinski, Vicky (ed.) 44th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference 2009. Darwin, Australia 30 Sep - 04 Oct 2009 Melbourne, Australia.
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Parental bonding and religiosity as predictors of dispositional forgiveness

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsPassmore, Nola L. (Author), Rea, Vivienne C. (Author), Fogarty, Bronwyn T. (Author) and Zelakiewicz, Pualani M. L. (Author)
EditorsVoudouris, Nicholas and Mrowinski, Vicky
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 44th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference
ERA Conference ID50300
Number of Pages6
Year2009
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISBN9780909881412
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.psychology.org.au/publications/conferences/abstracts/
Conference/Event44th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference 2009
Australian Psychological Society (APS) Annual Conference
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44th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference 2009
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Australian Psychological Society (APS) Annual Conference
Event Date
30 Sep 2009 to end of 04 Oct 2009
Event Location
Darwin, Australia
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Australian Psychological Society (APS) Annual Conference
APS Annual Conference
Abstract

As part of a larger study, eighty-nine Christian adults from the general community were surveyed to determine the extent to which dispositional forgiveness could be predicted from religiosity and parental bonding variables (i.e., mother and father care and overprotection). Participants ranged in age from 18 to 66 years (M = 40.21 years). Care and overprotection were measured by the Parental Bonding Instrument (Parker, Tupling & Brown, 1979), dispositional forgiveness was measured by the Heartland Forgiveness Scale (Thompson et al., 2005), and religiosity was assessed via an item that tapped the extent to which participants‘ religious beliefs were important to them. Separate hierarchical regressions were used to
predict forgiveness of self, others, and situations. Age and gender were entered at Step 1, religiosity at Step 2, and the four parental bonding variables at Step 3. Age and mother care were the strongest predictors of forgiveness of self, such that older participants who perceived their mothers as caring were more forgiving. The full model accounted for 22.1% of the variance in forgiveness of self. However,religiosity was important in predicting forgiveness of others and situations. For forgiveness of others,
religiosity was the only variable that made a unique significant contribution to the prediction, with the full
model explaining 28.8% of the variance. For forgiveness of situations, age and religiosity were the only variables that made unique significant contributions, with the full model explaining 24.9% of the variance.Mother care may have been more important than religiosity in predicting forgiveness of self due to the importance of mother care in the development of a healthy self-esteem. Religiosity may have beenimportant in predicting forgiveness of others and situations due to specific Christian beliefs regarding
those aspects of forgiveness. These results have implications for counselling, particularly when dealing
with different types of forgiveness. Due to the relatively small sample size, further replications are required in order to clarify and extend the current findings

KeywordsReligiosity; forgiveness; parental bonding
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520504. Psychology of religion
520399. Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
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