In June 2015, I defended my dissertation entitled “Forgiveness among Children: Determinants and Consequences” under supervision of Prof. Cillessen and Dr. Karremans (Radboud University).
The purpose of my dissertation was to gain more insight into forgiveness tendencies among children, which until now received only limited attention in developmental psychology. In summary, the findings of my dissertation indicate that a broad range of determinants at different levels (child characteristics, relationship between victim and offender, peer group, and family context) can impact children’s tendency to forgive. The different levels of analysis, together with the notion that the study of forgiveness among children is still in its infancy, reveal many possible future research directions. It is my hope that my dissertation inspires scholars to further examine the study on forgiveness among children.