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IN HER STUDY OF REFUGEES recovering from war trauma, Nancy A. Peddle, Ph.D. noted that forgiveness plays a significant role in helping survivors move forward in their lives. "It appeared that these refugees needed some reason to forgive, which for most, came through a belief in God or a religious teaching and the opportunity to make a personal choice. The majority of those who chose to forgive also said that they knew it was not a one-time event, but rather, a practice they needed to intentionally live or even have help in doing.

"The ability to forgive is a function of maturation and experience, although it can begin at a young age. Adolescents who were more forgiving tended to come from families that taught forgiveness as a moral value rather than simply a skill.

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