Scale Name: Group Forgiveness Scale (GFS)
The Group Forgiveness Scale (GFS) was
developed to measure forgiveness of identity-related offenses. Research supports three factors for the 17 items: Avoidance, Revenge, Decision to Forgive.
In the article
describing its development, the authors focused on problems of race relations
in the United States (see Davis et al., 2015, below).
The GFS is an adaptation of the Transgression-Related
Interpersonal Motivations Scale (TRIM). According to the 2015 article by Don
Davis and his research team, 17-items resulted in factor loadings on three distinct
subscales: Avoidance, Revenge, and Decision to Forgive.
Sample items for each factor are as
have decided to forgive them.
Reliability values were strong as measured
by Cronbach’s alpha (Study 3: Avoidance .96; Revenge .97, Decision to Forgive
The decision to forgive subscale was significantly
correlated with the Religious Commitment Inventory (RCI) r = .27. The other
subscales were not significantly correlated with the RCI.
See the article for details on factor structure and other results.
Cite This Blog Post
Sutton, G.W. (2020, February 3). Group forgiveness scale GFS. Assessment,
Statistics, & Research. https://statistics.suttong.com/2020/02/group-forgiveness-scale-gfs.html
Resource Link: A – Z Test Index
Researchers may obtain the scale from the
hyperlink in the reference at the end of this post.
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D. E., DeBlaere, C., Hook, J. N., Burnette, J., Van Tongeren, D. R., Rice, K.
G., & Worthington, E. L., Jr. (2015). Intergroup forgiveness of
race-related offenses. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 62(3),
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