Title

Exploration of the Association Between Apology and Forgiveness Amongst Victims of Human Rights Violations

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

John Wiley and Sons

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Computing, Health and Science

RAS ID

4994

Comments

This article was originally published as: Allan, A. , Allan, M. M., Kaminer, D., & Stein, D. (2006). Exploration of the association between apology and forgiveness amongst victims of human rights violations. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 24(1), 87-102. Original article available here

Abstract

Forgiving may lead to an improvement of mental health, and from a therapeutic jurisprudence perspective it is important to establish what aspects of judicial procedures can be changed to promote forgiving. The literature suggests that receiving an apology may encourage forgiving. However, there is a dearth of empirical research regarding the association between forgiving and apology in judicial settings. This paper reports the findings of a study that examined the association between forgiving and four restorative situations (i.e. excuse, admission of guilt, apology, and true sorriness) in a group of 134 victims of gross human rights violations who were actual or potential participants in the proceedings of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The best predictors of forgiveness in this sample were gender and whether victims perceived wrongdoers to be truly sorry. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

DOI

10.1002/bsl.689

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1002/bsl.689