"Languaging" Factors Affecting Clients' Acceptance of Forgiveness Intervention in Marital Therapy
forgiveness, forgiveness intervention, interpersonal injury, therapy
Forgiveness is a significant intervention for healing interpersonal injury. Yet therapists do not often use forgiveness intervention. Employing a semantic perspective and a survey design (n=307), this study investigated whether the language used to rationalize forgiveness intervention (set at five levels: personal growth, relationship reconciliation, spiritual issue, other's growth, and pardoning/condoning) may affect its acceptability. Gender, problem type, and choice were also included in the analyses. Overall, forgiveness was found to be an acceptable intervention. A pardoning/condoning rationale led to significantly lower acceptability ratings. Other results are discussed. We conclude that therapists should be less apprehensive about using forgiveness, but need to inform themselves better concerning its purpose, process, and articulation.
Original Publication Citation
Butler, M. H., Dahlin, S. K., & Fife, S. T. (2002). “Languaging” factors affecting clients’ acceptance of forgiveness intervention in marital therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 28(3), 285-298.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Butler, Mark H.; Dahlin, Samuel K.; and Fife, Stephen T., ""Languaging" Factors Affecting Clients' Acceptance of Forgiveness Intervention in Marital Therapy" (2002). Faculty Publications. 4443.
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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