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Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)
Dr. Asani Seawell
Forgiveness and well-being are two variables that derive certain health benefits such as stress reduction and alleviating symptoms of illnesses like coronary artery disease, respectively. Forgiveness and well-being also tap into the health-information seeking behavior (HISB) construct as part of the overall health construct. Previous studies regarding HISB have mostly looked at the general population, who do not face as many health barriers as minority populations. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to look at a minority population (LGBTQ) to see if a relationship exists between forgiveness, well-being and HISB; if forgiveness and well-being influence HISB in an LGBTQ sample, it would be prudent to explore this connection to better understand and combat health barriers faced in this community. Participants (N = 136) for the study were recruited through social media and Portland’s Q Center and asked to take an online survey through the Qualtrics platform (Qualtrics, Provo, UT). Multiple regression analysis found marginal significance between well-being and HISB as well as significant results between forgiveness of situations and HISB and well-being and the Information piece of HISB. These findings are in need of replication with future studies concentrating on creating and using scales that norm the three constructs measured to the LGBTQ population.
Vakhotina, Victoriya (2016). The relationship between forgiveness, well-being and health information-seeking behavior in a sample of LGBTQ individuals (Master's thesis, Pacific University). Retrieved from: