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    Psychosocial health mediates the gratitude-physical health link

    O'Connell, Brenda and Killeen-Byrt, Mary (2018) Psychosocial health mediates the gratitude-physical health link. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 23 (9). pp. 1145-1150. ISSN 1465-3966

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    There is now a growing body of research demonstrating the physical health benefits of being grateful. However, research has only just began to explore the mechanisms accounting for this gratitude-health relationship. This study examines the relationship between dispositional gratitude and self-reported physical health symptoms, and explores whether this relationship is explained through reduced levels of perceived loneliness and stress. This study employed a cross-sectional design with a sample of 607 healthy adults. Serial mediation analysis revealed that the positive effect of gratitude on physical health was significantly mediated by lower reported levels of perceived loneliness and stress. These findings are important given evidence that gratitude can be cultivated, and may serve to buffer against stress and loneliness and improve somatic health symptoms in the general population.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Brenda H. O’Connell & Mary Killeen-Byrt (2018) Psychosocial health mediates the gratitude-physical health link, Psychology, Health & Medicine, 23:9, 1145-1150, DOI: 10.1080/13548506.2018.1469782
    Keywords: Gratitude; self-reported physical health; stress; loneliness; mediation;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 12131
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    Depositing User: Brenda O'Connell
    Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2020 14:54
    Journal or Publication Title: Psychology, Health & Medicine
    Publisher: Taylor and Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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