Predictors of forgiveness in cancer patients after treatment
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Department of Clinical Psychology, Pan-European University, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Submission date: 2023-09-03
Final revision date: 2023-12-26
Acceptance date: 2023-12-28
Online publication date: 2024-01-26
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Veronika Boleková   

Veronika Boleková, Department of Clinical Psychology, Pan-European University, 20 Tomášikova Str., 821 02 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
The aim of the present study was to investigate the level of forgiveness in the context of emotional experience and existential aspects of the life of cancer patients after treatment.

Participants and procedure:
One hundred and twenty-eight cancer patients aged 22-83 years completed methods administered to measure forgiveness (Heartland Forgiveness Scale), hope (Adult Dispositional Hope Scale), positive and negative affect (Positive and Negative Affect Schedule), anxiety (General Anxiety Disorder-7), depression (Patient Health Questionnaire-9), and gratitude (Grati-tude Questionnaire GQ-6) and questions measuring the perceived importance of the spiritual aspect of life and the practice of religious faith.

Levels of forgiveness were related to levels of hope, gratitude, positive and negative affect, depression, anxiety, and rating of the importance of the spiritual aspect of life. Using a regression model, the rate of forgiveness was significantly predicted by gratitude and anxiety.

It was concluded that gratitude and anxiety could explain 35.4% of the variance in forgiveness.

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