The communication of forgiveness

Douglas Kelley

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This investigation examined the interpersonal dynamics of forgiveness processes, by analyzing personal narratives recounting forgiveness situations. The interpersonal forgiveness process is described as consisting of relationship type, forgiver and offender motivations, forgiver and offender strategies, and relational consequences. Findings indicate that the process of forgiveness plays an important role in determining progress in interpersonal relationships. In addition, the forgiveness process was found to vary by relationship type. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-271
Number of pages17
JournalCommunication Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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