Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 52, Issue 3, pp 974–980 | Cite as

The Relationship Between Forgiveness and Borderline Personality Symptomatology

  • Randy A. Sansone
  • Amy R. Kelley
  • Jeremy S. Forbis
Original Paper


The relationship between forgiveness and borderline personality symptomatology has been rarely studied. Using a consecutive cross-sectional sample of 307 internal medicine outpatients and a survey methodology, we examined correlations between the Forgiveness Scale and borderline personality symptomatology as measured by the borderline personality disorder scale of the Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire-4 and the Self-Harm Inventory. Numerous forgiveness subscales as well as the composite Forgiveness Scale score demonstrated statistically significant relationships with both measures for borderline personality symptomatology, such that individuals with this personality pathology demonstrated lower scores on these forgiveness subscales. Findings indicate that among individuals with borderline personality symptomatology, there are numerous aspects of forgiveness that are significantly lower than in individuals without this symptomatology.


Borderline personality Forgiveness Self-Harm Inventory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Randy A. Sansone
    • 1
    • 2
    • 5
  • Amy R. Kelley
    • 3
  • Jeremy S. Forbis
    • 4
  1. 1.Departments of Psychiatry and Internal MedicineWright State University School of MedicineDaytonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry EducationKettering Medical CenterKetteringUSA
  3. 3.Wright State University School of MedicineDaytonUSA
  4. 4.Department of SociologyUniversity of DaytonDaytonUSA
  5. 5.Sycamore Primary Care CenterMiamisburgUSA

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