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Gratitude During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Germany : an Experimental Study Investigating the Effects of a Gratitude Letter Writing Intervention on Mental Well-Being and Gratitude

Reininghaus, E.R. (2021) Gratitude During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Germany : an Experimental Study Investigating the Effects of a Gratitude Letter Writing Intervention on Mental Well-Being and Gratitude.

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Abstract:At the beginning of the year 2020, a new form of the coronavirus (COVID-19) was discovered, which quickly spread around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic seems to exert detrimental effects on the mental well-being of the population. To deal with these detrimental effects, this experimental study had the aim to examine the efficacy of writing a gratitude letter in the form of a love letter and writing a break-up letter to enhance mental well-being and trait gratitude during the COVID pandemic. Therefore, for this experimental study a 2 (Experimental condition: Love letter vs. Break-up letter) x 3 (Time: Baseline measurement (T0) vs. Post-measurement (T1) vs. two week follow-up measurement (T2)) mixed design was applied. Results of this experimental study revealed that writing a love letter and writing a break-up letter did not significantly enhance mental well-being and trait gratitude for participants over time. Besides that, writing a love letter did not significantly enhance mental well-being and trait gratitude more compared to writing a break-up letter. Based on these findings, this study indicated that a single gratitude letter writing effort seems to be not a sufficient mean to enhance mental well-being and trait gratitude during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87527
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