Apology, justice, and trauma recovery.

Faculty of Social Work, Centre for Applied Social Research, University of Toronto, 246 Bloor Street, West Toronto, Ontario M6R 2W9.
The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (Impact Factor: 0.93). 02/2002; 30(3):425-30.
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    • "With respect to the relation between victims' current mental health and their expressed wishes for an apology by the Catholic Church, the same explanations as aforementioned may pertain. Additionally, researchers have indicated a relation between an apology in terms of recognition and crime victims' mental health or " healing " (Regehr, Gutheil, 2002: 430; Allan, 2007: 8). According to these approaches, receiving a sincere apology is necessary to unleash the healing process, for example due to empowering the victim and let him/her know that the offender has chosen him/her randomly (as opposed to specific victim characteristics). "
    Temida 01/2014; 17(3):27-48. DOI:10.2298/TEM1403027H
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    • "Some have questioned whether an apology is a necessary precursor to forgiveness (e.g.. Finch, 2006). Others have looked at cultural differences in response to apology or at apology in cultures other khan the United States (Fukuno & Ohbuchi, 1998; Sugimoto, 1998)J Still others have studied the use of apology in a legal or mediation setting (Cohen, 1999; Regehr & Gutheil, 2002; Rehm & Beatty, 1996; Schneider, 2000; Worthington, 2000). A modicum of research exists on restitution (Beattie & Baron, 1995; Kelley et al., 2003) and offers of compensation (Schmitt, Gollwitzer, Förster, & Montada, 2004). "
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    ABSTRACT: ABSTRACT. Research has generated various definitions of forgiveness, apology, and restitution. We have reviewed the literature Goncerning these constructs and the variables relating to them, specifically in relation to religious leaders that have offended congregations by violating sexual boundaries with congregants. We looked at what forgiveness is and is not. We also looked at apologies and the variables that contribute to their acceptance. Furthermore, we reviewed restitution, including symbolic restitution when concrete restitution is impossible. We suggested apology and restitution can impact the forgiveness process and concluded with ideas for further research, as well as clinical and interpersonal applications, based on the information gleaned from the research on these constructs.
    Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health 11/2008; 10(4):308-327. DOI:10.1080/19349630802417851
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    ABSTRACT: This article examines apologies that are offered on behalf of public bodies—nations, governments, or institutions—in response to historic wrongs. The context is the insufficiency of justice seeking in the world, and the unhealthy, sometimes long-moldering residue left behind by generations that have ignored great wrongs or failed to address them properly. Because of this insufficiency, the passage of time, and the inaccessibility of more conventional means for righting these wrongs, societies may need to find unconventional solutions in a continuing quest for justice. For historic wrongs, I argue in this essay, apologies are worth considering.
    Journal of Human Rights 02/2007; 6(1-1):75-105. DOI:10.1080/14754830601098402 · 0.31 Impact Factor
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