Since adolescents’ brains are still immature, they may misinterpret others’ emotions and may have difficulty viewing the world from another’s perspective. Your adolescent will especially benefit from your insight and encouragement as he learns to empathize with and forgive others.
Research demonstrates that ‘forgiveness intervention’ programs also benefit adolescents. One small study of teens whose parents had divorced found that those teens who experienced the forgiveness program were not only more likely to forgive their parents, but their psychological well-being also improved. (Freedman S and Knupp A. The Impact of Forgiveness on Adolescent Adjustment to Parental Divorce. J of Divorce and Remarriage. 2003; 39(2): 135-165.
Another study of middle school children found forgiveness education participants had improved attitudes toward school, teachers, parents and even had better grades. (Gambara MD. School-based forgiveness education in the management of trait anger in early adolescents. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering. 63(11-B), 5549.)
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