Educational Psychology, Department of


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Published in Journal of Interpersonal Violence 30:18 (2015), pp. 3217–3243. doi 10.1177/0886260514555008


Copyright © 2014 M. Meghan Davidson, Nicole M. Lozano, Brian P. Cole, and Sarah J. Gervais; published by SAGE Publications. Used by permission.


The purpose of the current investigation was to examine forgiveness and intimate partner violence (IPV) among college women. Undergraduate women (N = 502) participated in an online study in which overall experiences of IPV, as well as experiences of psychological and physical IPV, were investigated with respect to transgression-specific and dispositional forgiveness. Simultaneous multivariate regressions revealed that (a) the experience of IPV was associated with higher levels of avoidance and revenge, and lower levels of benevolence, forgiveness of self, forgiveness of others, and forgiveness of uncontrollable situations; (b) types of IPV demonstrated differing impacts on forgiveness; and (c) the mere experience of IPV is more salient than its frequency.