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									Heartland Forgiveness Scale (HFS)
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Script Author: Katja Borchert, Ph.D. (katjab@millisecond.com) for Millisecond Software, LLC
Date: 05-06-2016
last updated:  11-11-2019 by K. Borchert (katjab@millisecond.com) for Millisecond Software, LLC

Script Copyright © 11-11-2019 Millisecond Software

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BACKGROUND INFO 	
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This script implements a computerized version of the Heartland Forgiveness Scale as described in:

Thompson, L. Y., Snyder, C. R., Hoffman, L., Michael, S. T., Rasmussen, H. N., Billings, L. S., 
Heinze, L., Neufeld, J. E., Shorey, H. S., Roberts, J. C, & Roberts, D. E. (2005). Dispositional 
forgiveness of self, others, and situations. Journal of Personality, 73, 313-359.

Online Resource: http://heartlandforgiveness.com/
-> questionnaire
-> scoring guidelines

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OVERVIEW
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18 7-point Likert Scale questions designed to assess a person’s dispositional forgiveness.

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DURATION 
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the default set-up of the script takes appr. 3 minutes to complete

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DATA FILE INFORMATION 
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The default data stored in the data files are:

(1) Raw data file: 'heartlandforgivenessscale.iqdat'

date, time:						date and time script was run with the current group/subjectnumber 
subject, group, session:	  		 with the current subject/groupnumber/session id
build:							the Inquisit build 

q*_response:						response given (in assigned values)
									Scale: 1 (almost always false) - 7 (almost always true)
									R = automatically reversed scored questions
									
q*_latency:						how much time (in ms) the participant spent on the surveypage with this particular 
								question (the last time this particular surveypage was visited)

(2) Summary data file: 'heartlandforgivenessscale_summary.iqdat' (Inquisit Lab: one data file per participant)

computer.platform:				the platform the script was run on (win/mac/ios/android)
script.startdate:					date script was run
script.starttime:					time script was started
script.subjectid:					assigned subject id number
script.groupid:					assigned group id number
script.sessionid:					assigned session id number
script.elapsedtime:				time it took to run script (in ms); measured from onset to offset of script
script.completed:					0 = script was not completed (prematurely aborted); 
								1 = script was completed (all conditions run)

HFS_total:						total HFS score (Range: 18-126)
HFS_self:						total of the self-subscale (questions1-6) (Range: 6-42) Note: reversed items automatically scored reversed
HFS_others:						total of the others-subscale (questions7-12) (Range: 6-42) Note: reversed items automatically scored reversed
HFS_situations:					total of the situations-subscale (questions13-18) (Range: 6-42) Note: reversed items automatically scored reversed

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QUESTIONNAIRE SET-UP & SCORING
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questions 1-6: subscale 'self'
questions 7-12: subscale 'others'
questions 13-18: subscale 'situations'

Scoring:
Source: HFS-with-Scoring-and-Interpretation.pdf (http://heartlandforgiveness.com/)

"Total HFS
One’s score on the Total HFS indicates how forgiving a person tends to be of oneself, other people,
and uncontrollable situations. Higher scores indicate higher levels of forgiveness, and lower scores
indicate lower levels of forgiveness.
• A score of 18 to 54 on the Total HFS indicates that one is usually unforgiving of oneself,
others, and uncontrollable situations.
• A score of 55 to 89 on the Total HFS indicates that one is about as likely to forgive, as one is
not to forgive oneself, others, and uncontrollable situations.
• A score of 90 to 126 on the Total HFS indicates that one is usually forgiving of oneself,
others, and uncontrollable situations.

HFS Subscales
One’s score on the three HFS subscales indicate how forgiving a person tends to be of oneself (HFS
Forgiveness of Self), other people (HFS Forgiveness of Others), or situations beyond anyone’s control
(HFS Forgiveness of Situations). Higher scores indicate higher levels of forgiveness, and lower scores
indicating lower levels of forgiveness.
• A score of 6 to 18 on HFS Forgiveness of Self, HFS Forgiveness of Others, or HFS
Forgiveness of Situations indicates that one is usually unforgiving of oneself, other people,
or uncontrollable situations, respectively.
• A score of 19 to 29 indicates that one is about as likely to forgive as to not forgive oneself,
other people, or uncontrollable situations, respectively.
• A score of 30 to 42 indicates that one is usually forgiving of oneself, other people, or
uncontrollable situations, respectively."

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INSTRUCTIONS 
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see section Editable Instructions. General instructions are presented as an htm-page.
To change instructions, change the htm file directly.
Instructions are taken from HFS-with-Scoring-and-Interpretation.pdf 
(http://heartlandforgiveness.com/) and adapted to the response format used in this script

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EDITABLE CODE 
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check below for (relatively) easily editable parameters, stimuli, instructions etc. 
Keep in mind that you can use this script as a template and therefore always "mess" with the entire code 
to further customize your experiment.