The article discusses readiness for forgiveness, its measurement and relationships between readiness for forgiveness and self-acceptance and personal growth. The study aim was to analyze the research potential of the “Diagnostics of readiness for forgiveness” method and empirically identify relationships between readiness for forgiveness and self-acceptance and personal growth. The sample consisted of 351 people (179 women and 172 men), of which 183 were people aged 19 to 23 years and 168 people were age from 24 to 45 years.
Forgiveness is understood as an individual’s conscious refusal of resentment, anger, hate, sadness caused by other people’s unjust attitudes towards him/her, and replacement of negative feelings with more neutral ones, and finally, positive ones, such as sympathy, pity, accompanied by positive thoughts about the offender, without blaming.
The following psychological diagnostic methods were used for the empirical study: 1) the method “Diagnostics of readiness for forgiveness” (author S.L.Kravchuk); 2) Heartland Forgiveness Scale (L.Thompson et al., adaptation of E. L. Nosenko and A. V. Sokur; 3) the questionnaire on forgiveness and the Big Five personality traits (J.W. Berry, et al.); 4) the method “Personal aggressiveness and conflict” (authors E. Ilyin, P. Kovalev); 5) C. Riff’s scale of psychological well-being (adaptation of Shevelenkova and Fesenko).
The obtained empirical data attested to the proper reliability and validity of the “Diagnostics of readiness for forgiveness” method. We revealed empirically that the proposed method had high retest reliability. The scales of the proposed method were characterized by good internal consistency. The good construct validity of the method was proved with the convergent validation strategy.
The direct significant relationships between the integral indicator of readiness for forgiveness and self-acceptance and personal growth were empirically established. The higher readiness for forgiveness show people, the more they are prone to self-acceptance and personal growth.
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