Scale name: Forgiveness Likelihood Scale (FLS)
The Forgiveness Likelihood Scale (FLS) is a scenario-based 10-item scale. Respondents read the scenarios and decide how likely they would be to forgive the offender using a 5-point rating scale.
Authors: Mark S. Rye et al. 2001
Response Type: A 5-point Likert-type response rating that ranges from 1 = Not at all likely to 5 = Extremely likely.
“One of your friends starts a nasty rumor about you that is not true. As a result, people begin treating you worse than they have in the past. What is the likelihood that you would choose to forgive your friend?”
Cronbach’s alpha was .85.
Test-retest reliability was .81.
Validity: The FLS was significantly positively correlated with the following measures:
Enright Forgiveness Inventory
A single item rating of forgiveness
A t-test revealed no gender differences. (Read about t-tests.)
Availability: The scale can be found on pages 276-277 of the 2001 article in Current Psychology.
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Rye, M. S., Loiacono, D. M., Folck, C. D., Olszewski, B. T., Heim, T. A., & Madia, B. P. (2001). Evaluation of the psychometric properties of two forgiveness scales. Current Psychology: A Journal for Diverse Perspectives on Diverse Psychological Issues, 20(3), 260–277. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-001-1011-6
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