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Assessment name: Attitudes Toward Forgiveness Scale (ATFS)
Scale overview: The Attitudes Toward Forgiveness Scale is a 6-item measure of a person’s attitudes toward forgiveness.
Author: Ryan P. Brown
Response Type: 7-point rating scale of agreement from 1 = strongly disagree to 7 = strongly agree.
Sample Scale items
“I believe that forgiveness is a moral virtue.”
“It is admirable to be a forgiving person.”
Hall, Edwards, and Wang (2016) used the ATFS in a survey of college students. They omitted item 6 and reported Cronbach’s alpha of .69 for the other five items.
Read more: The Psychology of Forgiveness
Find the full list of 6 items in the 2003 PsycTESTS reference.
Reference for the scale
Brown, R. P. (2003). Attitudes Toward Forgiveness Scale [Database record]. Retrieved from PsycTESTS. doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/t09596-000
Brown, R. P. (2003). Measuring individual differences in the tendency to
forgive: Construct validity and links with depression. Personality and
Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 759 –771. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/
Hall, T. W., Edwards, E., & Wang, D. C. (2016). The spiritual development of emerging adults over the college years: A 4-year longitudinal investigation. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 8(3), 206–217. https://doi.org/10.1037/rel0000051
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