Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Primary Subject Area
Psychology, Psychometrics; Psychology, Social; Religion, General
Acculturation, Forgiveness, Health, Korean American, Relgiosity, Unforgiveness
The current study investigated the psychometric utility of several psychological instruments for the Korean population and explored the relationship between acculturation, religiosity, unforgiveness, forgiveness style, and general health of Koreans. Confirmatory Factor Analyses (CFA) were conducted to investigate the appropriateness of the Religious Commitment Inventory-10 (RCI-10), the Transgression-Related Interpersonal Motivations Scale - 12-Item Form (TRIM-R and TRIM-A), the Rumination about an Interpersonal Offense Scale (RIO), the Decisional Forgiveness Scale (DFS), and the Emotional Forgiveness Scale (EFS) with collected data from 273 Korean Americans and Koreans. Several instruments required item adjustments to meet CFA criteria. Multiple regression analyses indicated that factors of unforgiveness were the most direct and consistent predictors of health, and acculturation and religious commitment also were associated with health status.