Research Mentor(s): Toni Antonucci, Professor
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Psychology and Institute for Social Research, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 4 (2pm-2:50pm)
Breakout Room: Room 7
Two of the arguably influential factors that shape a person’s perspective on life are religiosity and socioeconomic status, which can be examined through income or education. While many researchers have examined the effect these two factors may have on a person’s outlook and patterns towards forgiveness, not much research has been conducted to compare whether religiosity or socioeconomic status have a greater influence on a person’s willingness to forgive a loved one, such as their spouse. This study will use multivariate regression to examine participant responses from the Detroit Community Study. Data were collected via a telephone survey focused on three racial and ethnic groups prominent in the metro-Detroit area: Arab Americans, African Americans, and Non-Hispanic White Americans (N=907). The analysis will focus on those in the sample who are married/partnered (N=415) and report on the likelihood of forgiving their significant other following an incident in which their spouse/partner hurt them. Given that financial strain represents a major complication between couples, this study hypothesizes that socioeconomic status will have a greater influence than religiosity on the likelihood to forgive a spouse/partner. The results of this study will clarify factors important to relationship outcomes and offer direction for future studies that aim to better understand predictors of forgiveness among couples.