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JIAAP July 2016
Self-Forgiveness and Interpersonal Forgiveness as Correlates of Mental Health
Lenka Tenklova & Alena Slezackova, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
The objective of this study was to explore the relationship between forgiveness and mental health and to examine the potential differences between two types of forgiveness: self-forgiveness and interpersonal forgiveness. A level of mental health was operationalized as a syndrome of an individual’s well-being symptoms, including positive mental health, trait depression, trait anxiety and the perceived quality of interpersonal relationships. The research sample consisted of 331 respondents, aged 16 to 69 years. The tools used included the Heartland Forgiveness Scale, Mental Health Continuum Scale – Short Form, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, State-Trait Depression Inventory and Positive Relations with Others Scale from the Psychological Well-Being Scale. Basic demographic data including subjective assessment of the general state of health were administered. The results have shown a statistically significant correlation between forgiveness and all the investigated variables. Self-forgiveness has been found to be in a tighter correlation with the investigated variables than interpersonal forgiveness. Key words: forgiveness, positive mental health, trait depression, trait anxiety, quality of interpersonal relationships