Theoretical and empirical connections between forgiveness, mental health, and well-being

Loren Toussaint, Jon R. Webb

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In this chapter, we review theoretical and empirical studies of forgiveness and mental health. Mental health variables are defined, consistent with the DSM-IV (American Psychiatric Association, 1994), and may include symptoms of disorders (e.g., depression) or actual disorders (e.g., major depression). Studies that include relevant mental health variables, such as nonspecific psychological distress and life satisfaction/well-being, are also included.1 The focus of this chapter is to understand connections between forgiveness and mental health, broadly defined, and critically to examine the state of our knowledge in terms of the potentially salutary effects of forgiveness on mental health and well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Forgiveness
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781135410889
ISBN (Print)9780415949491
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007


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