Expressing Gratitude: The Effects on Relationship Satisfaction and Subjective Wellbeing

Student, A. (2017) Expressing Gratitude: The Effects on Relationship Satisfaction and Subjective Wellbeing. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Background. This study tests whether the expression of gratitude shows an effect on relationship satisfaction and life satisfaction, after controlling for trait gratitude. There is limited research in terms of gratitude in general and amongst different types of relationships, such as friendships and familial relationships. Therefore, this study focuses on various types of relationships.
Methods. A convenience sample of 93 participants completed an online questionnaire in which there were measures of trait gratitude and life satisfaction. In addition, respondents were to identify 2 persons they considered close and report the level of gratefulness they feel towards them based on the partner’s thoughtful actions in the past week. Further, relationship satisfaction ratings were obtained.
Results. The expression of gratitude significantly influenced relationship satisfaction, over and above trait gratitude. Also, the expression of gratitude did not relate to life satisfaction and there was a significant relationship between trait gratitude and life satisfaction.
Conclusions. The research suggests that gratitude is a unique emotion that has potential to enhance relationships and promote further prosocial actions, thus further exploration is necessary.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BSc (Hons) Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Departments > Psychology and Counselling
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Wendy Ellison
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2017 12:26
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2017 12:26

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