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Learning Forgiveness: The Influence of Interparental Conflict on Child Forgiveness

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dc.contributor.advisor Denham, Susanne A.
dc.contributor.author Shewark, Elizabeth A.
dc.creator Shewark, Elizabeth A.
dc.date 2012-04-27
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-18T18:49:25Z
dc.date.available NO_RESTRICTION en_US
dc.date.available 2012-06-18T18:49:25Z
dc.date.issued 2012-06-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/7875
dc.description.abstract The research conducted on forgiveness has mostly focused on an adult population. In the current thesis, I examined the influence of child age, gender, and maternal judgment of forgivability of self and others on child judgment of forgivability of self and others. In addition, I investigated the effect of interparental conflict and resolution strategies to assist in discerning how mothers communicate forgiveness practices to their children. Eighty-four children and their mothers were administered a series of questionnaires, to assess both the child's propensity to forgive and the maternal influence on the development of forgiveness. Results indicated that age, maternal judgment of forgivability, and child perception of interparental conflict were significant predictors of child judgment of forgivability of self and others. Future research should further investigate the role parents play in child forgiveness. The development of forgiveness in children is important, so they may benefit from forgiveness’ positive effects. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Forgiveness en_US
dc.subject Emotional Development en_US
dc.subject Interparental Conflict en_US
dc.subject Social Learning en_US
dc.subject Parental Modeling en_US
dc.title Learning Forgiveness: The Influence of Interparental Conflict on Child Forgiveness en_US
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.name Masters in Psychology en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline Psychology en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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