Current Research in Psychology

Can Health Status and Self-Esteem Predict Gratitude in Adult Females?

Peta Berenice Stapleton, Jamaica Isles, Hannah Chatwin and Mahima Kalla

DOI : 10.3844/crpsp.2015.31.45

Current Research in Psychology

Volume 6, Issue 2

Pages 31-45

Abstract

Gratitude is often considered a sub-sector of positive psychology. The aim of this study was to examine whether health status and self-esteem could predict gratitude scores in a sample of women. A non-clinical female sample (N = 200) completed self-reported measures online. A hierarchical multiple regression analysis was used to examine whether health status and self-esteem could significantly predict gratitude scores. Findings revealed that health status did not significantly predict gratitude scores in the sample of women in the current study. However, self-esteem was found to statistically predict gratitude scores, suggesting that women with low self-esteem levels were more likely to have lower gratitude scores, which is supported by previous research. The implications of this finding may benefit treatment programs, to increase self-esteem levels in individuals to achieve higher gratitude levels, resulting in various benefits for overall health and well-being.

Copyright

© 2015 Peta Berenice Stapleton, Jamaica Isles, Hannah Chatwin and Mahima Kalla. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.