The Effects of Forgiveness Therapy on Depression,
Anxiety and Posttraumatic Stress for Women after Spousal Emotional Abuse
This research study compiled information regarding the development, validity, and results of forgiveness therapy and compared it to that of an alternative treatment (brief therapy) for women who experienced emotional abuse from their husbands or significant others. The authors hypothesized that forgiveness therapy would be more effective than the alternative treatment regarding the alleviation of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress symptoms including the increase of self-esteem, competence of managing daily responsibilities and discovering worth in ...view middle of the document...
Informative and illuminating are two words that come to mind in an attempt to describe this article. Because of my own previous experience with psychological abuse, I felt this would be an interesting article to explore. I was nearly overwhelmed by the extensive documentation of clinical and statistical research, but concurrently inspired by how it promoted one of the first principles of Christianity—forgiveness. Although some believe that forgiveness therapy inhibits the best possible recovery, Astin (1993), Frankl (1969) and Reed (1998) asserted that it influences post-relationship/crisis therapy by advocating the practice of a particular moral value (i.e., forgiveness) as a method of integrating traumatic experiences of the past with present constructive and enabling moral decisions (cited by Reed & Enright, 2006).
It is clear that each participant personally volunteered and was properly screened; however, the demographic was primarily young adult to middle-aged Caucasian working mothers with at least some college education. I think a more diverse population in...