Forgiveness Communication in Interracial Friendshi..., 2012

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Title
Forgiveness Communication in Interracial Friendships Between Women.
Date
2012
Material Type
Undergraduate Research
Creator/Author
Blake, Donnesha A.
Copyright
Copyright 2011 by Donnesha A. Blake. This material is copyrighted and any further reproduction or distribution is prohibited without the permission of the copyright owner.
Subject
Forgiveness episode; Forgiveness-seeking; Forgiveness-granting; Relational outcomes; Intersectionality; Forgiveness; Female friendship; Interracial friendship; Intercultural communication;
Description
Forgiveness is a natural part of the human experience. It is one of the many interpersonal processes and intrapersonal reactions to an offense. However, little research exists to explain how forgiveness is communicated. Even less appears to address racial difference in friendship contexts. This study explored forgiveness communication in terms of racial difference between women. The following research gathered perspectives of 22 women (n=8 African American (Black) women and n=14 European American (White) women) between the ages of 18-24 in an online survey inquiring about their use of forgiveness strategies and their relational outcomes in interracial friendship transgressions. The results revealed a strong correlation between the victims’ (respondents) report of their transgressors’ (respondents’ friend) use of an explanation and a strengthened relationship. Furthermore, there was a significant difference in Black and White transgressors’ use of explicit acknowledgement to seek forgiveness. Implications of these findings are discussed. Faculty Advisor: Withers, Lesley, Communication and Dramatic Arts.
Language
English
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