'I Am Grateful That I Still Live Under One Roof With My Family': Gratitude Among South African University Students

du Plessis, Carolina F. and Guse, Tharina and du Plessis, Graham A. (2020) 'I Am Grateful That I Still Live Under One Roof With My Family': Gratitude Among South African University Students. Emerging Adulthood. pp. 1-10. ISSN 2167-6968


Abstract

During the transition from school to university, students are faced with many challenges to their well-being. This is especially true in resource constrained societies like South Africa. While there is extensive research linking well-being with gratitude, less is known qualitatively about what individuals are grateful for. A sample of 933 undergraduate students submitted gratitude lists,
resulting in over 9,000 unique 'gratitude items'. Thematic analysis revealed several prominent themes, such as gratitude for relationships, material resources, being at university, life and health, and, finally, religious gratitude. These themes are discussed in the context of the importance of family relationships in the lives of emerging adults, the core role played by the educational
context, the importance of socioeconomic resources and the association between religion, gratitude, and well-being. Strengthening these resources and cultivating gratitude for these prominent targets of appreciation may support students in their developmental trajectory.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2020 01:10
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2020 00:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: gratitude, emerging adulthood, thematic analysis, gratitude lists, gratitude interventions, South Africa, University Students
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520199 Applied and developmental psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/2167696820970690
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/40068

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