On the relationship between justice and forgiveness: are all forms of justice made equal?

Wenzel, Michael and Okimoto, Tyler G. (2014) On the relationship between justice and forgiveness: are all forms of justice made equal?. British Journal of Social Psychology, 53 3: 463-483. doi:10.1111/bjso.12040

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Author Wenzel, Michael
Okimoto, Tyler G.
Title On the relationship between justice and forgiveness: are all forms of justice made equal?
Journal name British Journal of Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0144-6665
2044-8309
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/bjso.12040
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 53
Issue 3
Start page 463
End page 483
Total pages 21
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This research investigates whether, following a wrongdoing, the restoration of justice promotes forgiveness. Three studies – one correlational recall study and two experimental scenario studies – provide evidence that while a restored sense of justice is overall positively related to forgiveness, forgiveness is highly dependent on the means of justice restoration being retributive (punitive) versus restorative (consensus-seeking) in nature. The findings showed that, overall, restorative but not retributive responses led to greater forgiveness. Although both retributive and restorative responses appeared to increase forgiveness indirectly through increased feelings of justice, for retributive responses these effects were counteracted by direct effects on forgiveness. Moreover, the experimental evidence showed that, while feelings of justice derived from restorative responses were positively related to forgiveness, feelings of justice derived from retributive responses were not.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online : 24 June 2013.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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