Forgiveness and mental health among people entering outpatient treatment with alcohol problems

Jon R. Webb, Elizabeth A.R. Robinson, Kirk J. Brower

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Abstract

While forgiveness appears to be directly associated with treatment outcomes for alcohol problems, it may have indirect effects through mental health symptoms. We examined multiple dimensions of forgiveness: of self (ForSelf), of others (ForOthers), and by God (ByGod). Both ForSelf and ForOthers were strongly related to mental health at baseline (N = 157), whereas at 6 months, ForSelf was strongly related to mental health (N = 126). Longitudinally, baseline ForOthers predicted 6-month mental health symptoms. Forgiving oneself and others has implications for the mental health of alcoholics entering treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)368-388
Number of pages21
JournalAlcoholism Treatment Quarterly
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2009

Keywords

  • Alcohol problems
  • Forgiveness
  • Mental health
  • Spirituality
  • Treatment

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