Positive Psychology and Interpersonal Forgiveness Within Cultures

  • Júlio Rique NetoEmail author
  • Robert Enright
  • Bruna Seibel
  • Silvia Koller
Part of the Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology book series (CAPP, volume 6)


This chapter brings to scientific discussion cultural data from the research on interpersonal forgiveness, using Enright’s theory on the socio-moral development of forgiveness. It voices an interesting debate about the power and specificity of culture upon it, questioning if the necessary conditions for forgiveness are culture specific. The comparison of results of forgiveness measures in different nations connects with the phases of the interpersonal forgiveness model and the socio-moral developmental patterns of forgiveness to give form to an answer to that question. The chapter ends with a description of an intervention to promote forgiveness in schools. Julio R. Neto, Robert Enright, Bruna Siebel, and Silvia Koller, a team that includes Brazilians and a North American researcher, wrote it.


Interpersonal Forgiveness Positive Psychology Socio-moral Development Offended Person Enright Forgiveness Inventory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Júlio Rique Neto
    • 1
    Email author
  • Robert Enright
    • 2
  • Bruna Seibel
    • 3
  • Silvia Koller
    • 4
  1. 1.Center for Research and Studies on Sociomoral Development (NPDSM)Universidade Federal da Paraíba – UFPBJoão PessoaBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  3. 3.Center for Psychological Studies CEP-RUAUniversidade Federal do Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreBrazil
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyFederal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Institute of PsychologyPorto AlegreBrazil

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