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

Abstract

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.

Keywords

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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