Article on Forgiveness

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Katrina Simpson
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Summary of Article The article titled The Effects of Forgiveness Therapy on Depression, Anxiety, and Posttraumatic Stress for Women After Spousal Emotional Abuse, written by Gayle Reed and Robert Enright (2006) reviews the extreme side effects that women in various abusive relationships experience. These adverse effects in many cases could furthermore, contribute to chronic psychological dysfunction. At the time the article was written, there was no dictated empirical evidence on therapeutic procedures needed to assist women that suffered from spousal emotional abuse: “Despite the frequent calls for efficacious therapies for these women, no empirically validated treatments have been clearly established” (Reed & Enright, 2006, para. 1). The concept of lacked empirical therapeutic measures for women suffering from emotional spousal abuse triggered further studies to implement solid treatment methods for these victims of emotional abuse. Emotional abuse can have just as much or even more adverse effects on women as actual physical abuse. There were two therapeutic treatments discussed in the article: forgiveness therapy (FT) and alternative treatment (AT). It was predicted that the usage of FT would actually benefit women whom suffered emotional spousal abuse in numerous ways opposed to those whom underwent alternative therapy. “individuals who participated in FT would demonstrate less depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress symptoms and more self-esteem, environmental mastery, and finding meaning in suffering than those who engaged in more standard therapeutic procedure (AT)” (Reed & Enright, 2006, para. 10). There were 20 women collected to conduct a forgiveness therapy study whom were previously emotionally abused after a two year time span, and it was compared to the…...

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