Handbook of Forgiveness
Edited by Everett L. Worthington, Jr.
Routledge – 2005 – 624 pages
There is a need in both public and professional sectors for a deeper, and more complete understanding of forgiveness, as we are - in the author's own words - "on the threshold of an age of forgiveness and reconciliation." And yet despite continued interest and development in the field, researchers, clinicians, practitioners, and academics have long been without a comprehensive resource on which to base their work. The Handbook of Forgiveness summarizes the state of the science in the research, practice, and teaching of forgiveness. Chapters approach forgiveness and reconciliation from a variety of perspectives, drawing on related work in fields such as biology, personality, social psychology, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, and international/political implications. The Handbook provides comprehensive treatments of the topic, integrating theoretical considerations, methodological discussions, and practical interventions strategies in order to appeal to researchers, clinicians, and practitioners. This volume is the most up-to-date and authoritative resource on the understanding of the science of forgiveness.
The Handbook of Forgiveness has been chosen as a Book of Distinction by Templeton Press.
Worthington, Jr., Initial Questions about the Art and Science of Forgiving. Part I: Nature, Philosophy, Religion and Forgiveness. de Waal, Pokorny, Primate Conflict Resolution and its Relation to Human Forgiveness. Murphy, Forgiveness, Self-respect and the Value of Resentment. Sandage, Williamson, Forgiveness in the Cultural Context. Mahoney, Rye, Pargament, When the Sacred is Violated: Desecration as a Unique Challenge to Forgiveness. Exline, Martin, Anger Toward God: A New Frontier in Forgiveness Research. Part II: Methods of Studying Forgiveness. McCullough, Root, Forgiveness as Change. Hoyt, McCullough, Issues in the Multi-modal Measurement of Forgiveness. Part III: The Psychology of Forgiveness. Denham, Neal, Wilson, Pickering, Boyatzis, Emotional Development and Forgiveness in Children: Emerging Evidence. Tangney, Boone, Dearing, Forgiving the Self: Conceptual Issues and Empirical Findings. Mullet, Neto, Riviere, Personality and its Effects on Resentment, Revenge and Forgiveness and on Self-forgiveness. Part IV: Close Relationships and Forgiveness. Rusbult, Hannon, Stocker, Finkel, Forgiveness and Relational Repair. Fincham, Hall, Beach, 'Til Lack of Forgivenes Doth Us Part': Forgiveness in Marriage. Battle, Miller, Families and Forgiveness. Part V: The Body and Forgiveness. Tsuang, Eaves, Nir, Jerksy, Lyons, Genetic Influences on Forgiving. Farrow, Woodruff, Neuroimaging of Forgivability. Sapolsky, The Physiology and Pathophysiology of Unhappiness. van Oyen Witvliet, Unforgiveness, Forgiveness and Justice: Peripheral Physiology Findings. Harris, Thoresen, Forgiveness, Unforgiveness, Health and Disease. Temoshok, Wald, Forgiveness and Health in Persons Living with HIV/AIDS. Toussaint, Webb, Theoretical and Empirical Connections Between Forgiveness, Mental Health and Well-being. Noll, Forgiveness in People Experiencing Trauma. Part VI: Intervening to Promote Forgiveness. Malcolm, Warware, Greenberg, Facilitating Forgiveness in Individual Therapy as an Approach to Resolving Interpersonal Injuries. Freedman, Enright, Knutson, A Progress Report on the Process Model of Forgiveness. Gordon, Baucom, Snyder, Forgiveness in Couples: Divorce, Affairs and Couple Therapy. Wade, Worthington Jr., Meyer, But Do They Really Work? A Meta-analysis of Group Interventions to Promote Forgiveness. Part VII: Societal Issues Involving Forgiveness. Staub, Constructive Rather Than Harmful Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Ways to Promote Them after Genocide and Mass Killing. Cairns, Tam, Hewstone, Niens, Intergroup Forgiveness and Intergroup Conflict: Northern Ireland, A Case Study. Hill, Exline, Cohen, The Social Psychology of Forgiveness and Justive in Civil and Organizational Settings. Armour, Umbreit, The Paradox of Forgiveness in Restorative Justice. Part VIII: Present and Future of Forgiveness. Scherer, Cooke, Worthington Jr., Forgiveness Bibliography. Worthington Jr., Questions, Some Answers, and More Questions about Forgiveness: Research Agenda for 2005-2015.
Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Ph.D., is Chair and Professor of the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Worthington is founding editor of Marriage and Family: A Christian Journal, and currently serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Family Therapy, Journal of Psychology and Theology, and the Journal of Psychology and Christianity.