Self-forgiveness in romantic relationships: 2. Impact on interpersonal forgiveness

Sara Pelucchi, F. Giorgia Paleari, Francesca Giorgia Paleari, Camillo Regalia, Frank D. Fincham

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Both self-forgiveness and other-forgiveness are associated with greater relationship satisfaction in the context of offences that occur in romantic relationships. The present research examines whether self-forgiveness for an offence committed against the partner leads subjects to be more forgiving toward the partner who subsequently transgress them, that, in turn, positively predicts subjects’ relationship satisfaction. Study 1 showed that self-forgiveness positively affected other-forgiveness in a scenario design employing university students. Study 2 found that, when considering reciprocal wrongdoings between cohabiting partners, self-forgiveness was positively related to relationship satisfaction both directly and indirectly, through other-forgiveness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-190
Number of pages10
JournalFamily Science
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • forgiveness
  • self-forgiveness


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