Journal of Undergraduate Research


shame, grace, forgiveness, young adults, Latter-day Saint


David O. McKay School of Education




The subject of grace in psychological research has been relatively untouched, with only a few studies having been conducted in this area, mostly with a focus on creating measures for attitudes on grace. However, despite the existence of these validated measures, almost no published studies utilize them. Allen, Wang, & Stokes (2015) present one of those few cases where such measures are used, in which they address mental health outcomes related to grace and perfectionism. They also utilize the term legalism, which was used by Bufford, Sisemore, and Blackburn (2014) in their development of a holistic measure of grace. Legalism refers to the belief that divine grace must be earned through obedience to religious codes.

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