Forgiveness, health, and problematic drinking among college students in southern appalachia

Jon R. Webb, Ken Brewer

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Abstract

Evidence is growing regarding the salutary relationships between spirituality and health, including alcohol problems, yet little is known about spirituality and health in the context thereof. Cross-sectional associations between forgiveness and health were examined among college student problematic drinkers (n = 126; = 60%; Mage = 22) in Southern Appalachia. Controlling for demographic variables (including religiosity), dimensions of forgiveness accounted for 7's33 percent of the variance in the health-related variables in a salutary fashion. Forgiveness of Self appears to be the most important dimension of forgiveness measured, yet the most difficult to develop.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1257-1266
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume15
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2010

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Appalachia
  • Forgiveness
  • Health
  • Spirituality

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