Examining the Mediating Role of Forgiveness in the Relationship between University Students’ Belonging and Flourishing

Volume 8 Issue 4 (October 2023)
Muhammet Fatih Yılmaz
Pages: 1002-1013 Download Count : 188 View Count: 211 DOI Number 10.24331/ijere.1362852 Facebook Share on Google+ Save to Zotero Save to Mendeley


With the development of the field of positive psychology, research on how positive concepts of human nature predict mental health has become widespread. A concept that explain positive mental health development is flourishing. This study examines the mediating role of forgiveness in the relationship between belongingness and flourishing among university students. A total of 381 university students (211 females and 170 males, Mage = 21.12 ± 2.23) participated in the study and completed the Flourishing Scale, General Belongingness Scale, Heartland Forgiveness Scale, and Personal Information Form. Hayes (2018) developed Model 4 within the SPSS macro PROCESS v4 to examine the mediating role of forgiveness between belongingness and flourishing. The results of the research model indicated a significant and positive link among belongingness, forgiveness, and flourishing. According to the research model, belongingness is predicted to flourish through the partial mediation of forgiveness. These findings indicate that belongingness improves university students’ forgiveness, thereby enhancing their flourishing. In addition, belongingness helps university students flourish. In the Discussion and Conclusion section, explanations related to the research findings, limitations of the study, and suggestions for future research were provided.


  • Flourishing
  • belongingness
  • forgiveness
  • university student
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