Abstract—People in Aceh are still suffering from a highly traumatic experience of Aceh conflict. As a religious community, Acehnese people believe that forgiveness is righteous. The purpose of the present study was to examine the mediational role of forgiveness on the relationship between spirituality and posttraumatic growth (PTG). Two hundred sixty-eight participants were recruited to complete the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI), Heartland Forgiveness Scale (HFS), and the Spiritual Transcendence Scale (STS). Results based on Sobel analyses revealed that forgiveness mediated the relationship between spirituality and PTG. Implications of these findings for future research on PTG and forgiveness are discussed.
—Posttraumatic growth, forgiveness, spirituality.
Hafnidar is master student with the Department of Psychology, Asia University Taiwan, 500, Liufeng Rd, Wufeng, Taichung, Taiwan 41354. She on leave from the Malikussaleh University, Lhokseumawe Aceh, Indonesia as a lecturer (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
L. Chang and H.Lin are with with the Department of Psychology, Asia University Taiwan, 500, Liufeng Rd, Wufeng, Taichung, Taiwan 41354.
Cite: Hafnidar, L. Chang, and H. Lin, "Forgiveness as a Mediator for the Relationship between Spirituality and Posttraumatic Growth in Aceh Conflict Victims, Indonesia," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity
vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 237-241, 2012.