Forgiveness and Spiritual Distress in an Inpatient Psychiatric Setting

Investigators: Alexis Abernethy, PhD, and Karl VanHarn, DMin
Collaborators: Sarah Schnitker, PhD, Joseph Currier, PhD, Kathy Putman, PhD, and Charlotte Witvliet, PhD

Project Description

This study seeks to examine the nature and possible impact of forgiveness (i.e., interpersonal, self, and divine) on the spiritual functioning of newly admitted patients at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. Relationships among forgiveness, spiritual distress, and virtues are also a major focus.


Abernethy, A. D. Schnitker, S., Currier, J. M., Putman, K. M., Witvliet, C. V. O., Ro, D., Jones, H., VanHarn, K. J., & Carter, J. (March, 2016). Understanding the role of religious comfort and strain on affective outcomes in an inpatient psychiatric setting. Paper Presentation at the 37th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington DC.

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