Forgiveness and interpersonal skills in same-sexed friendships

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Passmore, Nola L., Fogarty, Bronwyn T., Conroy, Kathleen L., Zelakiewicz, Pualani M. L. and Rea, Vivienne C.. 2010. "Forgiveness and interpersonal skills in same-sexed friendships." Djokic, Tatjana (ed.) PORIG 2010: Building Resilience through Personal, Family and Community Relationships. Brisbane, Australia 06 - 07 Nov 2010 Melbourne, Australia.
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Forgiveness and interpersonal skills in same-sexed friendships

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsPassmore, Nola L. (Author), Fogarty, Bronwyn T. (Author), Conroy, Kathleen L. (Author), Zelakiewicz, Pualani M. L. (Author) and Rea, Vivienne C. (Author)
EditorsDjokic, Tatjana
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 10th Annual Conference of the APS's Psychology of Relationships Interest Group (PORIG 2010)
Number of Pages6
Year2010
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISBN9780909881481
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.groups.psychology.org.au/GroupContent.aspx?ID=3137
Conference/EventPORIG 2010: Building Resilience through Personal, Family and Community Relationships
Event Details
PORIG 2010: Building Resilience through Personal, Family and Community Relationships
Event Date
06 to end of 07 Nov 2010
Event Location
Brisbane, Australia
Abstract

Although forgiveness is a largely interpersonal process, little research has examined the relationship between forgiveness and the interpersonal skills that may be important in forgiving another for an offence. The current study addressed this issue by investigating the relationship between forgiveness and interpersonal skills in same-sexed friendships among a community sample of 210 people (mean age 38.32 years). Each participant completed the Heartland Forgiveness Scale (Thompson et al., 2005), which assesses forgiveness of self, others, and situations; and the same-sex friend version of the Interpersonal Competence Questionnaire (Buhrmester, Furman, Wittenberg, & Reis, 1988) which assesses skills in initiation, negative assertion, self-disclosure, emotional support, and conflict management. Positive correlations were found between all five interpersonal skills and the three types of forgiveness, with only the relationship between forgiveness of others and negative assertion failing to reach significance. Separate hierarchical regressions were conducted to predict each type of forgiveness, with age and gender entered at Step 1 and the interpersonal skills variables entered at Step 2. Age, initiation skills, and conflict management skills each contributed uniquely to the prediction of all three types of forgiveness. Discussion centres around the relationship between forgiveness and interpersonal skills.

Keywordsforgiveness; social skills; communication; interpersonal skills
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520599. Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
470108. Organisational, interpersonal and intercultural communication
500311. Philosophical psychology (incl. moral psychology and philosophy of action)
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