Do altruistic acts in emerging adults translate to a willingness to forgive?

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dc.contributor Casper, Deborah M.
dc.contributor Thoma, Stephen
dc.contributor.advisor Totenhagen, Casey Peters, Candace S. 2018-01-19T19:37:48Z 2018-01-19T19:37:48Z 2017
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002736
dc.identifier.other Peters_alatus_0004M_13181
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Forgiveness is linked with a host of benefits for the forgiver and is an important predictor of well-being; therefore, it is important to understand what predicts an individual’s willingness to forgive others, especially within emerging adults due to their unique developmental stage (individuation issues and emergence of an understanding of forgiveness) (Subkoviak et al., 1995). This study aimed to explore the association between frequency of altruistic acts and willingness to forgive within emerging adults. Furthermore, pressure-based and pleasure-based motivations were explored to determine if they alter this association. Self-report surveys from emerging adults (N = 177, individuals 18-25 years old) attending a large public university in the southeast were used. Results indicated that frequency of altruistic acts, on their own, did not significantly predict willingness to forgive. Moreover, the results showed that pleasure-based prosocial motivation did not have a significant interaction with altruistic acts in association with willingness to forgive; however, a significant interaction between altruistic acts and pressure-based motives was found. As anticipated, with low pressure-based motives, when altruistic acts increased there was an increase in willingness to forgive; with high pressure-based motives, when altruistic acts increased there was a decrease in willingness to forgive. Future directions concerning willingness to forgive and altruism in emerging adults are discussed. Keywords: willingness to forgive, altruistic acts, prosocial motivations, emerging adults, pleasure, pressure, higher education
dc.format.extent 39 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
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dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
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dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Individual & family studies
dc.subject.other Social research
dc.subject.other Higher education
dc.title Do altruistic acts in emerging adults translate to a willingness to forgive?
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies Human Development and Family Studies The University of Alabama master's M.S.

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