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Identity development and forgivingness: tests of basic relations and mediational pathways


Hill, Patrick L; Allemand, Mathias; Burrow, A L (2010). Identity development and forgivingness: tests of basic relations and mediational pathways. Personality and Individual Differences, 49(5):497-501.

Abstract

Adaptive identity development leads to increases in personality traits that allow for social well-being. The current study tested this claim with respect to forgivingness, a dispositional tendency to forgive others. In a sample of university undergraduates (N = 214), we examined the relations between forgivingness and two indicators of identity development: commitment and exploration. Forgivingness uniquely positively related with both identity variables, controlling for the other. Next, we tested mediational models to examine the mechanisms underlying these relationships. Our results suggest that, in part, the association between identity development and forgivingness is mediated by levels of agreeableness and neuroticism, as measured by the Big Five Inventory.

Adaptive identity development leads to increases in personality traits that allow for social well-being. The current study tested this claim with respect to forgivingness, a dispositional tendency to forgive others. In a sample of university undergraduates (N = 214), we examined the relations between forgivingness and two indicators of identity development: commitment and exploration. Forgivingness uniquely positively related with both identity variables, controlling for the other. Next, we tested mediational models to examine the mechanisms underlying these relationships. Our results suggest that, in part, the association between identity development and forgivingness is mediated by levels of agreeableness and neuroticism, as measured by the Big Five Inventory.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Date:2010
Deposited On:15 Nov 2010 08:52
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:25
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0191-8869
Additional Information:The original publication is available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2010.05.011
PubMed ID:20711487
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-38578

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