Creator

Dayna Northart

Advisor

Johnson, Brian D., 1957-

Committee Member

Rings, Jeffrey A.

Committee Member

Hess, Robyn S.

Department

Counseling Psychology

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

8-1-2015

Genre

Thesis

Extent

234 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Description

The current study investigated the role forgiveness might play in enhancing romantic relationships of people with various attachment styles. A sample of 90 adults aged 25 years and older in committed relationships participated. A mediation analysis was conducted to examine if forgiveness accounted for higher levels of love in committed relationships among individuals with insecure attachment styles. Love was conceptualized utilizing Robert Sternberg’s triangular love theory (1986), and was analyzed as three separate components: intimacy, commitment, and passion. The Baron Kenny (1986) model of mediation was utilized to assess the data. A mediation effect for forgiveness between attachment style and love was not found; however, this may have occurred because individuals with insecure attachment styles were under-represented in the sample. However, a significant effect was found between forgiveness and love, which may indicate the value of forgiveness in romantic relationships. Discussions of the results as well as a consideration of potential future directions are explored.

Degree type

PhD

Degree Name

Doctoral

Language

English

Local Identifiers

Northart_unco_0161D_10419

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by author.

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