Title: The impact of forgiveness on marital satisfaction in relation to marital stability, religiosity and demographic variables
Authors: Orathinkal, Joseph Abraham; M0220928
Issue Date: 27-Mar-2007
Abstract: The impact of Forgiveness on Marital Satisfaction in relation to marital stability, religiosity and demographic variables Joseph Orathinkal A. Promoter: Prof. Dr. A. Vansteenwegen & Co-promoter: Prof. Dr. R. Burggraeve Summary Forgiveness is a human phenomenon that came into the interest of the psycho-social scientists and theologians worldwide as a consequence of thereflections upon the 'shoah'. In this research we were primarily interested to know more about nature of forgiveness. In order to do so wehad to choose one type of human relationships wherein forgiveness seemsto play an essential role. This is the case in adult ‘living together relationships’. Forgiveness is also a topic in today’s couple therapy. Sowe were curious about the function of forgiveness in marriage. We were in particular interested in the effect of forgiveness on marital satisfaction and its role in the stability of marital relationships. Finally, because the literature seems to suggest a strong relation between forgiveness and religiosity we examined also the relation between both.In total there are 8 chapters to this dissertation. Chapter 1 , contains literature review and a general introduction to the topic offorgiveness. However, the actual literature review for the corresponding specific theme is given in the relevant manuscripts in each chapter. The first chapter also includes some of the models of forgiveness found in literature, the theoretical framework, objectives and hypotheses of the current research. Chapter 2 presents the methodology highlighting the participants,instruments, procedure and method of analysis employed in the current study. The subjects of this study were 787 heterosexual married adults from Flanders region in Belgium, 424 first married and 363 remarried; 396 women and 391 men.The instruments employed were Enright forgiveness Inventory (EFI); The Maudsley Marital Questionnaire (MMQ); Glock Religiosity Scale; a researcher generated Forgiveness Motivation and Perception Checklist (FMPC); and Demographic Questionnaire. For the analysis the Statistical tools usedwere t-test; the Two-way ANOVA; Post Hoc comparison, and Pearson’s Product Moment Correlation. Chapter3 contains two independent manuscripts on the psychometricvalidation of two scales that were employed in the current study, The MMQ and the EFI. Both scales demonstrated adequate reliability and validity. This further validation of the psychometrics of these two scales gives added impetus to put in use these scales for future research in Belgium context.Chapter 4 gives a descriptive analysis of respondents’ perception and motivation of forgiveness. Overall the participants had a positive perception towards forgiveness and the perception has a significant positive correlation (PPF, r = 0.11, NPF, r = -0.12, p 1) This dissertation comprises of the following papers Orathinkal, J. & Vansteewegen, A. (2007). Do demographics effect marital satisfaction? Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, Vol 33 (1), 73-85 . Orathinkal, J., & Vansteewegen, A. (2006). The effect of forgiveness on marital satisfaction in relation to marital Stability. Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal, Vol.28 (2), 251-260.Orathinkal, J., Stroobants, R., & Vansteenwegen, A. (2006). Further validation of the Maudsley Marital Questionnaire (MMQ). Psychology, Health and Medicine, published online 24th August, 2006. Orathinkal J., & Vansteenwegen, A., Stroobants, R., & Enright, R. (2006). Further Validation of The Dutch Version of The EFI. Community Mental Health Journal, published online 22ndOctober 2006. Orathinkal, J., & Vansteewegen, A. (2006). Religiosity and MaritalSatisfaction. Contemporary Family Therapy: an International Journal, Vol.28, (4), 497-504. Orathinkal, J., & Vansteewegen, A. (2006). Religiosity and forgiveness among first-married and remarried adults. Mental Health, Religion and Culture. Published online 9th June 2006. Orathinkal, J., Vansteewegen, A., & Burggraeve, R. (2006). Forgiveness: A perception and motivation study among married adults (Submitted: The American Journal of Family Therapy). Orathinkal, J., Vansteewegen, A. & Burggraeve, R. (2006). Are demographics important for forgiveness? (Submitted: The Family Journal ). 2) Additional publications a) Articles Orathinkal, J., & Vansteenwegen, A. (2004) Towards Developing a Family Therapy for Melanesia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy , Vol.25, 3, 148-154.Orathinkal, J., & Vansteenwegen, A. (2006). Couples’ Conflict: A territorial perspective. Sexual and Relationship Therapy , Vol.21, 1, 27-44.b) Book reviews Orathinkal, J. (2006) If only I had known: Avoiding common mistakes in couple therapy , by Weeks, G. R, Odell M., & Methven, S. (2005). In INTAMS Review .Orathinkal, J. (2007) Handbook of the Clinical treatment of infidelity, by Fred P. Piercy; Katherine M.Hertlein; Joseph L Wetcheler (eds.), (2005), The Haworth Press Inc. New York, 2005 - pages 219. In INTAMS Review. Orathinkal, J. (2007) Close Relationship: Functions, forms and processes , by Patricia Noller and Judith A. Feeney (eds.),(2006), Psychology Press. New York, 2006 - pages 400. In INTAMSReview.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: TH
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