School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
Pamela C. Moore
Forgiveness, intimate partner violence, religiosity, social learning theory
Counseling | Education
Sapp, Leroy, "Forgiveness as a Moderator of the Relationship Between Religiosity and Intimate Partner Violence" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4479.
This quantitative study uses an online survey method to examine forgiveness in a woman with patriarchal religious beliefs (PRB) who has experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) and the predictive role of forgiveness in moderating the relationships between IPV and religiosity and IPV and PRB. The participants received scores on PRB, which were divided into two groups: adherence and nonadherence. The findings concluded no statistically significant difference between the means of the adherence group and nonadherence group’s mean forgiveness levels. The study found that forgiveness moderated the positive relationship between religiosity and IPV violence approval, and forgiveness negatively affected said relationship. Religiosity was more predictive of IPV than forgiveness. Further, findings showed that forgiving moderated the positive relationship between PRB and IPV violence approval, and forgiveness negatively affected said relationship; PRB was more predictive of IPV than forgiveness. Keywords: Forgiveness, intimate partner violence, religiosity, social learning theory