An exploration of gratitude themes and suggestions for future interventions

Ghosh, Anindita and Deb, Amrita (2017) An exploration of gratitude themes and suggestions for future interventions. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 27 (7). pp. 678-693. ISSN 1091-1359

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For many years, the concept of gratitude was not considered worthy of investigation by psychologists since research goals were strongly dominated by the deficit-based approach and gratitude concepts were believed to be derived from common sense, and thus not warranting scientific query. This study, in attempting to understand gratitude themes, explores various events that elicit gratitude among engineering students in India. Thirty-two final year engineering students were introduced to gratitude research, administered gratitude exercises, and asked to provide feedback about the exercises. Nested questions, in the form of three-blessings and benefit finding exercises, were used to identify experiences of students leading to gratitude. Content analysis was applied to identify underlying themes and report them systematically. Four major themes and five minor themes were uncovered. Among these, positive emotions was the most prevalent theme and finance was the least encountered theme. Strategies to improve intervention studies, including restricting the area of investigation to one domain and making exercises interesting, have been suggested. Implications of the research within the socio-cultural context have been discussed with special reference to the complexities in separating the sense of duty and gratitude. Further research will provide us with more insights into the topic, specifically from an Indian socio-cultural perspective.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Content analysis of gratitude themes, gratitude, gratitude in India, gratitude intervention, engineering students
Subjects: Others > Psychology
Divisions: Department of Liberal Arts
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Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2017 06:37
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