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Type: Thesis
Title: “But this I will always carry with me”: Perceptions of Forgiveness Among Iranian Refugees
Author: Alim, Mastura
Issue Date: 2016
School/Discipline: School of Psychology
Abstract: There is a significant body of literature to suggest that interpersonal forgiveness has many positive mental and physical health benefits for an individual. However, there is little research about the role of forgiveness at system level injustices, or experiences of forgiveness within people with refugee backgrounds. This study aimed to explore and understand the concept of forgiveness in relation to people with refugee backgrounds and how forgiveness relates to justice and wellbeing for refugees. Seven interviews were conducted with Iranian refugees. The data was analysed using thematic analysis. The main themes identified include that ‘forgiveness is complex and hard to define’, ‘forgiveness is different for different people’, ‘to forgive would be to forget’, ‘justice is an important precursor to forgiving system-level transgressions’, ‘forgiveness leads to positive wellbeing’ and ‘refugees are unique in relation to forgiveness’. The findings of this study indicate that forgiveness is an important concept for people with refugee backgrounds and that they assign unique meaning to forgiveness as a result of their experiences.
Dissertation Note: Thesis (B.Sc.(Hons)) -- University of Adelaide, School of Psychology, 2016
Keywords: Honours; Psychology
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