Adults (N = 89; 59% female) recruited from divorce records reported levels of turning to God to forgive (TGF) themselves, their ex-spouse, and God for their divorce when it occurred (Time 1, Tl) and one year later (Time 2, T2). Seventy-five percent of participants reported TGF. T1 TGF predicted higher levels of T2 positive spiritual emotions, T2 verbal aggression by the participant and ex-spouse, and T2 demonization of ex-spouse. Participants were grouped according to pattern of TGF over time (Resolved, Chronic, Delayed, and Low). Repeated measures ANOVAs showed that the Resolved group reported greater declines in demonizing the divorce relative to other groups. Multiple main effects for TGF pattern also emerged. This highlights the need to consider the potentially desirable and undesirable psychosocial and spiritual factors associated with TGF.
Journal of Psychology and Christianity: Empirical Studies of Psychology
Krumrei-Mancuso, Elizabeth J.; Mahoney, Annette; and Pargament, Kenneth I., "Turning to God to forgive: More than meets the eye." (2008). Pepperdine University, Faculty Open Access Publications. Paper 176.