Conceptualizations of forgiveness: Collectivist-congolese versus individualist-French viewpoints

  • Kadiangandu J
  • Gauché M
  • Vinsonneau G
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The present study investigates the cross-cultural differences in conceptualizations of forgiveness, using a modified version of the Conceptualizations of Forgiveness Scale. In the Congolese (collectivistic) culture, forgiveness was expected to be mainly conceived as an "interpersonal" construct, and in the French (individualistic) culture as an "intrapersonal" process. The findings supported these views. The Congolese more than the French conceived forgiveness as aimed at reconciling with the offender and extensible to people outside the offended-offender dyad. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).

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  • Conceptualizations
  • Congo
  • Forgiveness
  • France

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  • Joachim Kadima Kadiangandu

  • Mélanie Gauché

  • Geneviève Vinsonneau

  • Etienne Mullet

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