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Humility & Forgiveness: The Role of Social Relations Among Three Ethnic Groups


Collaborators: Toni C. Antonucci (PI), Kristine J. Ajrouch, Kira S. Birditt, James S. Jackson

Funding: John Templeton Foundation

Grant: 55895

Project Period: 01/01/2015 – 12/31/2016


Description: Humility and forgiveness may have significant implications for well-being on an individual and societal level. Although each is a personal characteristic, both develop through social relationships. This project explores the importance of social networks – especially those involving close family and friends – in the development of humility and forgiveness, and ultimately well-being. We use an innovative multi-method approach to survey racially and ethnically diverse adults from the Detroit metropolitan area, analyzing pathways through which individuals acquire humility and forgiveness. Expected outputs include a data archive, scientific presentations and publications, and media and practitioner outreach. We hope this work will create a new focus within social relations research that links to character development and well-being across the life span. We also hope to stimulate related practice and program initiatives. Finally, we envision this work being expanded internationally in an effort to foster worldwide humility, forgiveness, and peace.