Enright Forgiveness Inventory


Authors: Robert D. Enright

The Enright Forgiveness Inventory (EFI) was the instrument used in forgiveness research for the groundbreaking forgiveness research center at the University of Wisconsin. The EFI is an objective measure of the degree to which a person forgives another person, group or entity that has hurt him or her deeply and unfairly. It has sixty items and three subscales of twenty items each that assess the domains of Affect, Behavior, and Cognition.

If you are planning a research project on forgiveness, the EFI is the ideal measurement tool.

Definition of Forgiveness: Interpersonal Forgiveness is a willingness to abandon one's right to resentment, negative judgment, and indifferent behavior toward one who unjustly injured us, while fostering the undeserved qualities of compassion, generosity and even love toward him or her.

Copyright © 2000, 2004 by International Forgiveness Institute

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    Includes details on reliability, validity, scoring, etc. and a review-only copy of the EFI form. PDFs are not refundable.
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    Builds the "Let it Go" Forgiveness Report. You invite participants to take the survey and Transform™ generates their reports.
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    Creates your "Let it Go" Forgiveness Report based on your responses. You complete the survey and Transform™ generates your report. Transform will connect this report to the "Send To" email provided at checkout. Note: This product is for a single use, with automated survey administration. For multiple uses, buy instead the Individual Report product in quantity needed.
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    Minimum purchase of 20. Allows you to administer the EFI as an online survey using Mind Garden's Transform™ System. Includes data collection: data file with participants' raw data and raw scale scores. Optionally, Individual Reports can be generated from the collected data - requires the purchase of report licenses. Customization services are available.
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    Minimum purchase of 50. Allows you to administer the EFI as an online survey via a non-Mind Garden survey system or as a paper and pencil survey. The downloadable PDF file includes one copy of the EFI, scoring key, and permission to administer the EFI up to the quantity purchased. The PDF is non-refundable.
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    Includes details on reliability, validity, scoring, etc. and a review-only copy of the EFI form. This is a paper product. The manual will be printed, bound, and shipped to you (FedEx shipping costs apply).
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Features of the EFI

Purpose: Measure the degree to which a person forgives another person, group, or entity that has hurt him or her deeply and unfairly

Length: 71 items (20 Affect items, 20 Behavior items, 20 Cognition items, 5 incident description items, 5 Pseudo-Forgiveness items, 1 Emotional Hurt item).

Average completion time: 30-45 minutes

Target population: Adults

Adminstration: For individual or group administration

Uses of the EFI

  • Self-understanding of the forgiveness process
  • Forgiveness research


Positive Affect

Negative Affect

Positive Behavior

Negative Behavior

Positive Cognition

Negative Cognition

From the Manual

"Forgiveness is a person-to-person response to unfairness, which leads the offended side to give up the right for resentment toward the offending person, eventually influencing the development of compassion, care, and even moral love toward the other.... forgiveness as a moral response involves the following major domains of human development: positive emotions (e.g., feelings of empathy), negative emotions (e.g., feelings of anger and resentment), positive behaviors (e.g., altruism) and negative behaviors (e.g., revenge-seeking) and, finally, positive (e.g., he/she is a good person) or negative (e.g., condonation) thoughts toward the offending person."

-- Robert D. Enright and Julio Rique, EFI Manual

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Selected References

International Forgiveness Institute

The forgiveness intervention study, published in the journal, Psychology and Health (2009, volume 24, no. 1, pp 11-27), shows a statistically significant improvement in cardiac functioning for male cardiac patients who received forgiveness therapy compared to control-group participants (who had a cardiac-health approach). This is the first study ever published showing a cause-and-effect relationship between learning to forgive and experiencing a statistically significant improvement in a vital organ of the body.


"Enright's is the current gold standard against which all other research models and clinical models must be measured."

-- Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Theory and Application (2006) p 22.

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