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2nd Edition

Handbook of Forgiveness

ISBN 9780815358008
Published November 13, 2019 by Routledge
394 Pages

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The Handbook of Forgiveness, Second Edition consolidates research from a wide range of disciplines and offers an in-depth review of the science of forgiveness.

This new edition considers forgiveness in a diverse range of contexts and presents a research agenda for future directions in the field. Chapters approach forgiveness from a variety of perspectives, drawing on related work in areas including biology, personality, social psychology, clinical/counseling psychology, developmental psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience, as well as considering international and political implications. The Handbook provides comprehensive treatment of the topic, integrating theoretical considerations, methodological discussions, and practical intervention strategies that will appeal to researchers, clinicians, and practitioners.

Reflecting the increased precision with which forgiveness has been understood, theorized, and assessed during the last 14 years of research, this updated edition of the Handbook of Forgiveness remains the authoritative resource on the field of forgiveness.

Table of Contents

1. How You Can Benefit from This Handbook Everett L. Worthington, Jr. and Nathaniel G. Wade  Part I. The Nature of Forgiveness 2. Understanding Forgiveness of Other People: Definitions, Theories, and Processes Everett L. Worthington, Jr.  3. The Psychology of Self-Forgiveness Lydia Woodyatt and Michael Wenzel  4. Highlighting the Dark Side of Forgiveness and the Need for a Contextual Approach James K. McNulty  5. Why Revenge Sometimes Feels So Good David S. Chester and Alexandra M. Martelli  6. An Evolutionary Perspective on Forgiveness Joseph Billingsley, Jeni L. Burnette, and Michael E. McCullough  7. The Stress-and-Coping Model of Forgiveness: Theory, Research, and the Potential of Dyadic Coping  Peter Strelan  8. Measuring Forgiveness and Self-Forgiveness: Descriptions, Psychometric Support, and Recommendations for Research and Practice Stacey E. McElroy-Heltzel, Don E. Davis, Ana C. Ordaz, Brandon J. Griffin, and Joshua N. Hook  Part II.  The Psychology of Forgiveness 9. The Development of Forgiving in Children, Adolescents, and Emerging Adults Rachel C. Garthe and Samantha Guz  10. Personality and Forgiveness: A Meta-Analytic Review Adam S. Hodge, Laura E. Captari, David K. Mosher, Nilesh Kodali, Joshua N. Hook, Don E. Davis, and Daryl R. Van Tongeren  11. Forgiveness and Religion/Spirituality Elise Choe, Aaron McLaughlin, Stacey E. McElroy-Heltzel, and Don E. Davis  12. Anger toward God and Divine Forgiveness Julie J. Exline  Part III. Close Relationships and Forgiveness 13. An Interdependence Analysis of Forgiveness, Amends, and Relational Repair in Family and Work Relationships Jeffrey D. Green, Chelsea A. Reid, Anthony E. Coy, Mattie V. Hedgepeth, and Margaret A. Kneuer  14. Forgiveness in Marriage Frank D. Fincham  15. Forgiveness and the Dark Side of Intimate Relationships: Infidelity, Intimate Partner Violence, and Divorce Kristina Coop Gordon, Zahra Amer, Katherine A. Lenger, Meagan J. Brem, Donald H. Baucom, and Douglas K. Snyder  Part IV. Forgiveness, Physiology, Health, and Well-Being 16. Forgiveness, Embodiment, and Relational Accountability: Victim and Transgressor Psychophysiology Research Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet  17. Forgiveness and Physical Health Loren L. Toussaint, Everett L. Worthington, Jr., David R. Williams, and Jon R. Webb  18. Forgiveness, Well-Being, and Mental Health Jon R. Webb and Loren L. Toussaint  Part V. Forgiveness in Non-Western Cultures 19. Forgiveness and Culture: Conceptual Issues Steven J. Sandage, Sarah A. Crabtree, and Chance A. Bell 20. Forgiveness in the Arab World and in Central Africa Etienne Mullet and Félix Neto  21. Forgiveness Research in Africa: The Present Status and Future Prospects Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Camilla W. Nonterah, Shawn O. Utsey, Brandon J. Griffin, Caroline C. Carneal, Athena H. Cairo, Annabella Osei-Tutu, Richard G. Cowden, Basil J. Pillay, Katherine Kulick Kardio, and Libby S. Germer  22. Forgiving in Asian Cultures: Theory and Empirical Research Man Yee Ho  23. Theories and Empirical Research on Forgiveness in South America and Latin Europe: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Spain, and Portugal Júlio Rique, Eloá Losano de Abreu, and John Klatt Part VI. Psychological Interventions to Promote Forgiveness 24. Psychological Interventions to Promote Forgiveness of Others: Review of Empirical Evidence Nathaniel G. Wade and Meredith V. Tittler  25. A Review of the Empirical Research Using Enright’s Process Model of Interpersonal Forgiveness Suzanne Freedman and Robert D. Enright 26. An Update of the REACH Forgiveness Model: Psychoeducation in Groups, Do-It-Yourself Formats, Couple Enrichment, Religious Congregations, and as an Adjunct to Psychotherapy Everett L. Worthington, Jr.  27. Promotion of Self-Forgiveness Marilyn A. Cornish, Brandon J. Griffin, and Graham W. Morris Part VII. Societal Issues Involving Forgiveness 28. Intergroup Forgiveness Daryl R. Van Tongeren and Reece Lindemann  29. Forgiveness in Organizations Ryan Fehr and Michelle J. Gelfand  30. Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Peace between Groups Michael Wenzel  Part VIII. Drawing the Threads Together (or Integrating a Diverse Body of Work) 31. Bibliography of Narrative Reviews and Meta-Analyses on Forgiveness (2004–2018) Brandon J. Griffin, Richard G. Cowden, and Lee Shawkey  32. A New Perspective on Forgiveness Research Everett L. Worthington, Jr. and Nathaniel G. Wade



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Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Ph.D., is Commonwealth Professor Emeritus working in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has written or edited 40 books and over 450 articles and chapters, mostly on forgiveness. He has served as executive director of A Campaign for Forgiveness Research, has organized four conferences on forgiveness, and offers numerous free resources at www.EvWorthington-forgiveness.com.

Nathaniel G. Wade, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University where he is Director of Training in the APA-accredited Counseling Psychology program. He won Early Career Awards for two divisions of APA (Society of Counseling Psychology, Division 17; and Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Division 36). He is the author of approximately 100 scholarly articles and chapters, mostly focused on psychotherapy processes and outcomes, with a focus on forgiveness interventions.


"Forgiveness is often essential to human intimacy and societal functioning. In this second edition of the Handbook of Forgiveness, Worthington and Wade have compiled a masterly and magnificent coverage of the topic. Researchers from diverse perspectives and backgrounds contribute their insights as to how forgiveness works, why it produces benefits, how it sometimes fails—and even what its risks and downsides are. Cross-cultural perspectives, clinical interventions and applications, collective forgiveness, anger and forgiveness between God and human individuals, child development, and other topics will fascinate, inform, and inspire the reader. This marvelous volume will be an indispensable resource for researchers and clinicians who work with forgiveness, as well as for anyone interested in the basic facts of how people relate to each other."Roy F. Baumeister, author of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength and The Power of Bad

"With some 30,000 psychology articles exploring the new science of forgiveness in the last two decades, what have we learned? The Handbook of Forgiveness, authored by the research all-star team, provides the definitive answers. For information ranging from the biological roots to the psychological fruits of forgiveness, this is, hands down, the single-stop, go-to source."David Myers, Hope College, co-author, Psychology 12th Edition and Social Psychology, 13th Edition

"Sequels are not always better than the original, but this one surpasses the exceptional standards set in the first edition. Foundational and fundamental to a life well lived, forgiveness fascinates partly because we realize that we all need to forgive and be forgiven, yet it is one of the most challenging of human behaviors. I am grateful to the contributors of this volume for helping us along the journey to live a full and flourishing life." – Robert A. Emmons, Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Positive Psychology