Humility, Forgiveness, and Romantic Relationships

In, Humility, Forgiveness, and Emerging Adult Female Romantic Relationships, a study published in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Chance Bell, Ph.D., along with Frank Fincham, Ph.D., examined a burgeoning topic in family therapy, humility. In their cross-sectional study they examined the relationships among humility, self-forgiveness, partner-forgiveness, and relationship satisfaction in a sample of romantically involved, female, undergraduates. They proposed a model of influence where humility sequentially influences relationship satisfaction through self- and partner-forgiveness. Their findings indicate how humility may influence both self- and partner-forgiveness in a positive way to increase satisfaction in one’s romantic relationship. They also suggest potential sequencing for therapeutic interventions.

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