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Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Community-based Forgiveness Campaign

Brandon J. Griffin, Loren L. Toussaint, Mitchell Zoelzer, Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Jennifer A. Coleman, Caroline R. Lavelock, Alec McElroy, Joshua N. Hook, Nathaniel G. Wade, Steven J. Sandage, Mark S. Rye

The Journal of Positive Psychology, 2018

Research details

Type of paper: Primary Empirical Study

Sample size: 1192

Open Access: No


Forgiveness interventions have been employed in individual, couple, family, and group psychotherapy. Few attempts have been made to deliver forgiveness interventions via community-based campaigns. In the current field study, we administered a community-based forgiveness campaign to an entire university campus. A quasi-experimental design was used in which multiple pre-tests were compared to post-test scores on a psychometrically sound measure of forgiveness as well as single items assessing forgiveness, love, and conflict across students’ relationships with others in the community (i.e. friends, roommates, teachers, and parents). Multilevel models were specified to compare repeated scores from the baseline phase to post-intervention phase scores. Findings indicated that community-based approaches are a viable method of promoting forgiveness that may serve as a less intense but more easily disseminated and less costly approach to promoting forgiveness than traditional modalities of psychological treatment. Implications for future empirical investigation and clinical application are discussed.