Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 105–120 | Cite as

A Forgiveness Intervention for Taiwanese Young Adults with Insecure Attachment

  • Wei Neng Lin
  • Robert D. Enright
  • John S. Klatt
Original Paper


In this study we tested the effectiveness of a forgiveness intervention for young adults with insecure attachment to their mothers. Twenty-seven students from four universities in Taiwan were recruited and assigned to either a forgiveness intervention or an alternative treatment control group. Dependent measures were administered at pretest, posttest, and 8-week follow-up. Within-group analyses demonstrated the participants in the forgiveness intervention showed greater improvement on measures of attachment security, forgiveness, trait anxiety, hope, and self-esteem than the participants in the alternative treatment group. Effect sizes were in the medium to large range. Implications for research and practice with families are discussed.


Attachment Forgiveness Well-being Intervention 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wei Neng Lin
    • 1
  • Robert D. Enright
    • 2
  • John S. Klatt
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Teacher Education No. 151National Taipei UniversitySan Shia, Taipei CountyTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  3. 3.College of Agricultural and Life SciencesUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

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