Forgiveness Among Individuals:
Forgiving After Sexual, Alcohol or Drug Abuse
These research projects consider how forgiveness enhances physical,
mental, and spiritual recovery. How do persons become ready to forgive
these dreadful hurts? Does forgiveness protect survivors from becoming
(or continuing to be) addicts?
Effects of Forgiveness on the Physical & Psychological Development
of Severely Traumatized Females"
Jennie Noll, Ph.D., professor of Social Work at the University
of Southern California, will study how child sexual abuse affects
someone physically and mentally with regard to forgiving or not
forgiving the offender. She examines traumatized females who have
been followed for over ten years in an ongoing longitudinal study.
This study assesses how victims of trauma think and feel about perpetrators.
& Spiritual Forgiveness Interventions for Recovering Alcoholics:
A Patient-treatment Matching Study"
Kenneth Hart, Ph.D., at time of funding was a professor at the University
England, but now is at the University of Windsor. He will study members
of Alcoholics Anonymous who are angry,
sad, or feeling hurt by someone. He will see which treatment helps
these people forgive themselves and others, drink less alcohol,
and feel less anxious and angry. This study tests two interventions-Enright's
model and a spiritual model. It is proposed that both approaches
to treatment will result in improvements, but that they will be
demonstrated in different ways. The study seeks to identify which
types of clients benefit most, from which type of treatment.
"Forgiveness in Faith-based
Robert Wuthnow, Ph.D., a senior scholar at Princeton University,
proposes to conduct a national survey of members of faith-based
groups. He intends to determine effects of forgiveness (or lack
of it) on efforts at reconciliation and attempts to cope with community
violence through alcoholism, drug use, and the like.
"The Causes & Effects
of Forgiveness: A Twin Family Study"
Lindon Eaves, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth
University, will study whether religion and forgiveness protect
someone against drug use, as well as whether genetics and psychological
factors play a part in using drugs and not being forgiving. To help
with this study, questionnaire studies will be mailed to adolescent
twins and their parents, and adult twins with their spouses and
A Campaign for Forgiveness Research
funded 46 innovative research projects on the effects of forgiveness.
Now you can read about their discoveries.