Marital Forgiveness Scale – Event

Author of Tool: 

Fincham, F.D., Beach, S.R., & Davila, J.

Key references: 

Fincham, F.D., Beach, S.R., & Davila, J. (2004). Forgiveness and conflict resolution in marriage. Journal of Family Psychology, 18, 72-81.

Primary use / Purpose: 

Measures forgiveness in parital partners

Background: 

When interpersonal transgressions occur in marriage they can elicit strong negative feelings and have the potential to disrupt the relationship. Perhaps not surprisingly, spouses report that the capacity to seek and grant forgiveness is one of the most important factors contributing to marital longevity and marital satisfaction (Fenell, 1993). For a spouse to forgive his or her partner logically requires the spouse to be conscious of being injured/wronged by the partner. Without injury there is nothing to forgive (Enright & Coyle, 1998). However, it is also necessary for the spouse to believe that the injury was intentionally or, at a minimum, negligently inflicted (Downie, 1965). Forgiveness occurs with the spouse’s full knowledge that he or she has a right to feel negatively toward his or her partner and that the partner has no right to expect the spouse’s sympathy (North, 1998). The Marital Forgiveness Scale (event) assesses marital forgiveness, and forgiveness dimensions were assessed in relation to the incident in the relationship when the respondent “felt most wronged or hurt by your partner.”

Psychometrics: 

For psychometrics see article|: Fincham, F.D., Beach, S.R., & Davila, J. (2004). Forgiveness and conflict resolution in marriage. Journal of Family Psychology, 18, 72-81.

Keywords: 

Files: 

Digital Object Identifier (DOI):