Predicting interpersonal forgiveness based on religious orientation dimensions among high school students in Tabriz


  • Omid Ebrahimi Young Researchers and Elite Club, Tabriz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz, Iran.


Extrinsic orientation, Interpersonal forgiveness, Intrinsic orientation


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Background and Objective: Forgiveness is a concept taken into consideration in religion and positive psychology, and its constructive role in mental health and creating healthy relationships has been emphasized. Having said that, the aim of this study was predicting interpersonal forgiveness based on religious orientation dimensions among students at high school city of Tabriz.

Method: This descriptive-correlational study employed a sample of 250 students selected according to the Morgan table using multi-stage cluster sampling among high schools of district 2 in Tabriz. They filled Religious Orientation scale by Alport and Ross as well as Interpersonal Forgiveness scale by Ehteshamzadeh et al. The data were analyzed by the means of statistical methods of Pearson Correlation and Multivariate linear regression. It is worth noting that all ethical issues were observed in this research and the researchers declared no conflict of interests.

Results: The results indicated that there was a significant and positive relation between intrinsic religious orientation and interpersonal forgiveness (P<.05; r= .275) and there was no statistical relation between extrinsic religious orientation and interpersonal forgiveness (p>.05; r= -.014). In addition, the results of regression analysis demonstrated that intrinsic religious orientation can predict 9% of interpersonal forgiveness variance in a meaningful way.

Conclusion: Based on the results, it can be concluded that those who honestly believe in religious teachings and act upon them have greater forgiveness and seek compromises in the case of conflicts.

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Please cite this article as: Ebrahimi O. Predicting interpersonal forgiveness based on religious orientation dimensions among high school students in Tabriz. J Res Relig Health. 2018; 4(3): 93- 102.


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