Theoretical Framework Of Interpersonal Forgiveness

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The Problem and Its Setting
Interpersonal relationships is essential for every individual, it provides sense of belongingness and social support. In the theory of human nature, it is said that human beings have the basic tendencies to seek and have social bonds with other human beings (Baumeister & Bushman, 2011). However, there is no perfect relationship and conflicts arise inevitably. Individuals who are hurt and offended may seek revenge against the offender to get even. This revenge seeking behavior is also in human nature especially when negative behaviors arise (Snyder & Lopez, 2002). This is also well presented in the norm of reciprocity, which is the tendency to reciprocate any behavior received from another …show more content…

Then, for those with identified relatives, their family reintegration is facilitated.
Theoretical Framework
This study is anchored on the process model of forgiveness developed by Robert D. Enright and the Human Development Study Group (1998). Based on their work, they developed a psychological definition of interpersonal forgiveness:
Forgiveness is a willingness to abandon one’s right to resentment, negative judgment, and indifferent behavior toward one who unjustly injured the person, while fostering the undeserved qualities of compassion, generosity and even love toward him or her. (Enright & Rique, 2000, 2004, p.1)

This theory involves the three domains of human development, the cognitive, affective and behavioral. It views that a forgiving person develops positive factors and decreased the negative ones in each of the three domains. Like in the cognitive domain, one has the capacity to acknowledge the pain and sufferings caused by the offender while relinquishing the negative thoughts. In the affective domain, the negative feelings are given up and develop a more neutral feeling or even positive affect. For the behavioral domain, the act of revenge ceases, while yearning for positive …show more content…

What is the profile of each elderly in consideration of their gender, educational background, religious background, marital status, family background and composition, personal past experiences, circumstances of referral and length of stay at the institution?
2. Who offended the elderlies and what is the nature of the offense committed against them?
3. How deeply were the elderlies’ hurt when the incident occurred?
4. How long ago was the offense committed against the elderlies?
5. Is there an improvement in the elderlies’ capacity to forgive after the forgiveness therapy?
Assumption of the Study
This study assumed that the elderlies give their full cooperation and honestly answer the questionnaires that will measure their level of forgiveness. They are also expected to participate actively and complete the sessions of the forgiveness therapy.
It was also assumed that the instruments, Enright Forgiveness Inventory’s Filipino translation, would be able to measure the degree of forgiveness of the elderlies, and the Forgiveness Therapy for the Elderly would be effective and help in increasing the elderlies’ capacity to

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