Forgiveness Therapy for the Promotion of Mental Well-Being: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

The results suggest that forgiveness interventions are effective in reducing depression, anger and hostility, and stress and distress and in promoting positive affect

Sadaf Akhtar; Jane Barlow

2016

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  • There is a growing body of research highlighting the role of forgiveness therapy in improving different aspects of psychological health in populations who have experienced diverse types of hurt, violence, or trauma
  • This article reports the findings of a systematic review and meta-analysis of the efficacy of process-based forgiveness interventions among samples of adolescents and adults who had experienced a range of sources of hurt or violence against them
  • The results suggest that forgiveness interventions are effective in reducing depression, anger and hostility, and stress and distress and in promoting positive affect
  • The findings provide moderately strong evidence to suggest that forgiving a variety of real-life interpersonal offenses can be effective in promoting different dimensions of mental well-being

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