The varying meaning of forgiveness: Relationship closeness moderates how forgiveness affects feelings of justice

Wenzel, Michael and Okimoto, Tyler G. (2012) The varying meaning of forgiveness: Relationship closeness moderates how forgiveness affects feelings of justice. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42 4: 420-431. doi:10.1002/ejsp.1850


Author Wenzel, Michael
Okimoto, Tyler G.
Title The varying meaning of forgiveness: Relationship closeness moderates how forgiveness affects feelings of justice
Journal name European Journal of Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0046-2772
1099-0992
Publication date 2012-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/ejsp.1850
Volume 42
Issue 4
Start page 420
End page 431
Total pages 12
Place of publication Bognor Regis, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Psychological research has repeatedly shown that victims are more likely to forgive socially close than distant others, but little research has addressed the question whether forgiveness in these two cases actually has the same psychological meaning. As one approach to this issue, the present research investigates how acts of forgiveness aid the restoration of victims' justice feelings through different processes, depending on the closeness of their relationship to the offender. In two studies (Study 1 using a scenario method, Study 2 an autobiographical recall), the victim's perceptions of value consensus with the offender mediated justice-restoring effects of forgiveness expressed towards a close offender, whereas feelings of status/power mediated justice-restoring effects of forgiveness expressed towards a distant offender.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2013 Collection
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Created: Thu, 31 May 2012, 21:51:54 EST by Dr. Tyler G. Okimoto on behalf of UQ Business School