Event Title

Individual differences in trait self-forgiveness: Age, sex, and the role of shame- and guilt-proneness

Faculty-Student Collaboration

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Faculty Sponsor(s)

Tom Carpenter, Ph.D.

Project Type

Completed quantitative research study

Primary Department

Psychology

Description

Research has examined individual differences in the ability to self-forgive, but little research has looked into the roles of age and sex. Using the moral-emotional model of shame-and guilt-proneness in relation to self-forgiveness, we examined the roles of age and sex through two online samples (n = 902). Our research found that age was significantly linked to increased guilt-proneness and decreased shame-proneness, thus suggesting that as one ages they become more self-forgiving. Additionally, sex was significantly related to increases in both guilt- and shame-proneness, which mutually suppress each other, indicating no sex differences in self-forgiveness.

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This poster was also displayed at the Society for Personality and Social Psycholgy, San Diego, CA, January 2016, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX, January 2017, & Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Atlanta, GA, March 2018

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Individual differences in trait self-forgiveness: Age, sex, and the role of shame- and guilt-proneness

Research has examined individual differences in the ability to self-forgive, but little research has looked into the roles of age and sex. Using the moral-emotional model of shame-and guilt-proneness in relation to self-forgiveness, we examined the roles of age and sex through two online samples (n = 902). Our research found that age was significantly linked to increased guilt-proneness and decreased shame-proneness, thus suggesting that as one ages they become more self-forgiving. Additionally, sex was significantly related to increases in both guilt- and shame-proneness, which mutually suppress each other, indicating no sex differences in self-forgiveness.