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Forgiveness: A Perception and Motivation Study Among Married Adults: Orathinkal Critique

Liberty University

This paper is a comprehensive evaluation of an article entitled “Forgiveness: A Perception and Motivation Study Among Married Adults.” The researchers of this study are Jose Orathinkal, Alfons Vansteenwegen, Roger Burggraeve. This paper will attempt critique and evaluate all pertinent and assigned elements within this article. DDuring this comprehensive evaluation we will disclose the strengths and weaknesses of this research, its methods, results its possible limitations and future uses. This paper will seek to disclose the viability, structure and the construction of this article as it pertains to the perception of a reader and its validity to be utilized for future use, as well as the need for further evaluation as it pertains to the subject matter and problems discussed. Does this article satisfy the necessary elements, while evaluating the necessary elements of the study to obtain relevant results that disclose answers to the question posed by this study; did the article cover the topic in specific terms or general terms? Keyterms: Forgiveness, perception, motivation, reconciliation, cross-sectional, transgression

Forgiveness: A Perception and Motivation Study Among Married Adults: Orathinkal Critique
The research highlighted in this article conducted by Orathinkal, Vansteenwegen, and Burggraeve (2008) studied the perception and motivational factors between married adults. Forgiveness was classified as a religious factor for many years but is now of great interest to clinicians and psychotherapist alike. Many research projects prior to this study have sought to gain a working definition of forgiveness and its contextual uses. Previous research has established that “forgiveness is seen as something that helps to rebuild the damaged relationship” between married couples (Orathinkal et al., 2008, p. 155). This investigation was multifaceted and sought to produces a dual outcome. The first area disclosed within this article was the overall perception of forgiveness by the participants within the study. Secondly, the research attempted to identify a link between how a participant thought of forgiveness and the level of forgiveness. There were 787 participants from the Flanders region of Belgium; out of which 424 this was their first marriage, and the remaining 383 had previously been married. The participants of the study had the following administered surveys mailed to them or given to them: Enright Forgiveness Inventory (EFI) and the Forgiveness Motivation and perception Checklist (FMPC).These checklist measured variables that pertained to interpersonal forgiveness, pseudo-forgiveness, and perception and motivation of forgiveness. Only 40% of those surveyed were able to distinguish between forgiveness and reconciliation. In the second portion of the research, it was identified that there was a significant difference between those who were first time married participants and the couple who had been remarried. Couple who had only been married once seems to have a more positive attitude toward forgiveness than those couples who had been remarried. The suggestions of the participating researchers of this study were that researchers and clinicians should consider these results when adopting new therapy models. In addition to the afore mention suggestions further more specific research was suggested, concerning forgiveness towards more severe indiscretions such as infidelity and/or violence. Critiques of Title and Introduction

Critique of Title
An examining the title, of this article “Forgiveness: A Perception and Motivation Study Among Married Adults,” (Orathinkal et al., 2008, p. 155) found that the criteria that concerns the title being sufficiently specific and reasonably concise, have been met. The researchers did not utilize yes or no questions within the title....
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