Using a Gratitude Intervention to Improve the Lives of Women With Breast Cancer: A Daily Diary Study

Joanna Sztachańska , Izabela Krejtz , John Nezlek

Abstract

Gratitude can be understood in two ways: as a state of being grateful for things and people, and as a disposition. Research suggests that focusing on reasons for being grateful promotes various aspects of well-being. The present study examined the effectiveness of a gratitude intervention for women with breast cancer. Each day for 2 weeks, 42 women with breast cancer described their psychological well-being, social support, and coping strategies. Women in the intervention condition reported the reasons why they felt grateful that day. Moreover, all participants took part in a pre-test session where trait measures were taken to control for dispositional differences. Listing the reasons for gratitude led to higher levels of daily psychological functioning, greater perceived support, and greater use of adaptive coping strategies. These results suggest that gratitude interventions may improve the lives of oncological patients
Author Joanna Sztachańska (Wydział Psychologii)
Joanna Sztachańska,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Izabela Krejtz (Wydział Psychologii)
Izabela Krejtz,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, John Nezlek (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu)
John Nezlek,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu
Journal seriesFrontiers in Psychology, ISSN 1664-1078, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2019
Vol10
No1365
Pages1-11
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishgratitude, breast cancer, diary study, well-being, multilevel modeling
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
DOIDOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01365
URL https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01365/full
Languageen angielski
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Oswiadczenie_I.Krejtz_Using.pdf 19.81 KB
Oswiadczenie_J.Nezlek_Using.pdf 20.01 KB
Score (nominal)70
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.006; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 2.089 (2) - 2017=2.749 (5)
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