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Examining the effects of a six-week gratitude intervention on emotional, social, and psychological well-being – A randomized controlled trial

Fey, J. (2018) Examining the effects of a six-week gratitude intervention on emotional, social, and psychological well-being – A randomized controlled trial.

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Abstract:Gratitude-based interventions are evident to improve states in well-being. Despite the individual and societal benefits of high states in well-being, the effects of gratitude-based intervention are not examined in general public samples thus far. The current study examined the effects of a six-week gratitude intervention on emotional, psychological, and social well-being within a general Dutch population sample. Prosocial behavior was tested as mediating variable. 118 participants were randomly assigned to a gratitude or a wait-list control condition. Questionnaires were obtained at baseline, at postintervention, and at six-week follow-up. Results indicated higher improvements within the gratitude condition in emotional- psychological, and social well-being from baseline to postintervention. Improvements on these dimensions maintained up to six weeks after the intervention. Results further found no mediating effects of prosocial behavior. The findings can be generalized for higher educated women, as the sample mainly consisted of participants with these demographic characteristics. Future research should pay attention to that, in order to get more generalizable results. However, the current findings give indications for the effectiveness of gratitude-interventions in non-clinical samples.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/76657
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