Objective: This study examined forgiveness of self and others as it related to changes in cognitive impairment across nine years in a representative sample of United States adults. Negative affective states/traits (e.g., depression, hostility) are known correlates of cognitive impairment in aging, and forgiveness may moderate these associations. Method: The present study utilizes data from the Americans’ Changing Lives Survey, a longitudinal, population-based survey in the United States. American adults (N = 1427) were randomly selected in a multi-stage probability sample and re-interviewed 9 years later. Forgiveness of self and others, depression, and hostility are included in this study at Time 1. Cognitive impairment was assessed at Times 1 and 2 using the Mini Mental State Exam. Socio-demographic variables included: age, biological sex, race/ethnicity, education, and income. Results: Hierarchical linear regression modeling revealed that self-forgiveness was inversely and prospectively related changes in cognitive impairment over the nine-year period. (B =...

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