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Personality predictors of levels of forgiveness two and a half years after the transgression

By John Maltby, Alex M. Wood, Liza Day, Tabatha W.H. Kon, Ann Colley and P. Alex Linley

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This paper was published as Journal of Research in Personality, 2008, 42 (4), pp. 1088-1094. It is available from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00926566. Doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2007.12.008Metadata only entryThe aim of the present study was to explore whether the domains and facets of the five-factor model of personality predicted motivational states for avoidance and revenge following a transgression at a second temporal point distant from the original transgression. A sample of 438 university students, who reported experiencing a serious transgression against them, completed measures of avoidance and revenge motivations around the transgression and five-factor personality domains and facets at time 1, and measures of avoidance and revenge motivations two and a half years later. The findings suggest that neuroticism, and specifically anger hostility, predicts revenge and avoidance motivations two and a half years later. Findings are discussed within McCullough’s three systems of interpersonal forgiveness

Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.jrp.2007.12.008
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/7743
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