ERIC Number: ED472927
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
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Forgiveness: Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications for Adolescent Offenders.
Pelayo, Stephanie L.
This paper reviews the literature on the subject of forgiveness and suggests clinical implications for the treatment of adolescent offenders. Although research has been done in the areas of forgiveness, no studies have been conducted with adolescent offenders. This dearth of information points to a gap in understanding the role of forgiveness in the life of the adolescent. The adolescent developmental process and psychological aspects of the adolescent offender are reviewed and theoretically applied to forgiveness. Being fixated at an adolescent level of development may preclude the psychological insight necessary for individuals to forgive their transgressors, which may need to occur before they can seek forgiveness for their own transgressions. This paper explores the process of forgiveness and potential mediators of forgiveness such as anger, guilt, revenge, locus of control, self-esteem and narcissism, empathy, remorse, commitment, and intrinsic religiosity. Implications for clinical application and suggestions for future research are offered to facilitate growth through engaging in the forgiveness process. (Contains 58 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
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