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1The Effects of an The Effects of an Interpersonal Forgiveness Interpersonal Forgiveness Intervention on the Intervention on the Personal and Professional Lives Personal and Professional Lives of Clergyof ClergyDr. Preston VanLoonDr. Preston VanLoonfiIf you cannot free people from their wrongs and see them as the needy people they are, then you
enslave yourself to your own painful past. By fastening yourself to the past, you let your hate become your future.flLewis Smedes, Forgive and Forget



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2This research project studied 1. The effects of a forgiveness education intervention on the psychological well-being of clergy 2. Their ability to assist others with interpersonal hurt and pain.Previous Forgiveness Research:Parentally love deprived college students
(Al-Mubuk,1990)Incest survivors (Freedman, 1993)The elderly (Hebl& Enright, 1991)
Adolescents (Enright, Santos, & Al-Mubuk,
1989)Families (Flanigan, 1987)Physicians/unsuccessful treatment
(Gerber, 1987)


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7Two Independent variables:
Forgiveness education interventionThe gender of the offended person
Dependent variables:Willingness to forgivePsychological profile of forgiveness
Self esteem, anger, anxiety, & hopeThe practice of interpersonal
forgiveness in hypothetical vignette
situations


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8Assessments:Psychological Forgiveness Profile
Willingness to Forgive MeasureAnger ScaleAnxiety Scale
Hope Scale
Self Esteem ScaleEach measure was administered on six different occasions during the course of the experiment.Results:Statistically significant differences were found between the experimental and control groups in regard to

participants change over time in their:Willingness to forgiveUse of forgiveness


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14Implications continued:
3. Unless clergy are taught about forgiveness and value it enough to practice it in their own lives, it is unlikely that they will be able to effectively help members of their own
congregations with forgiveness relatedissues.fiForgiveness is love™s antidote for hate, beginning with passive hate, the

loss of energy to wish people well–you will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you
and feel the power to wish them well.flLewis Smedes, Forgive and Forget



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15Contact InformationDr. Preston VanLoon1007 N. Palm Ave.Mount Pleasant, IA 52641(319) [email protected]

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