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Grace remains little studied though several recent studies have developed promising ways to measure grace. Here we report two studies involving grace interventions as part of an ongoing investigation of positive psychology in the context of Christian church communities, Study One used a crossover design in which two congregations were measured on grace and other variables at the outset, and again after phases one and two. One congregation received a grace intervention during phase one and the second during phase two. Results showed increased scores on grace but not an expected increase in marital satisfaction among married participants. Study Two used a similar design with two additional congregations to assess effects of a grace intervention on selfforgiveness. As expected, congregants receiving the grace intervention showed increases in trait self-forgiveness when compared to those in the wait-list.


Originally published in Rodger K. Bufford, Mark R. McMinn, Jeff A. Moody & Laura Geczy-Haskins (2018) "The effects of grace interventions in church communities," The Journal of Positive Psychology, 13:5, 512-521, DOI: 10.1080/17439760.2017.1350740