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The Effects of Gratitude Journaling on Turkish First Year College Students’ College Adjustment, Life Satisfaction and Positive Affect

  • Şerife Işık
  • Bengü Ergüner-Tekinalp
ORIGINAL ARTICLE

Abstract

This study examined the effects of gratitude journaling on first-year college students’ adjustment, life satisfaction, and positive affect. Students who scored high (i.e., scores between 35 and 56) on the Perceived Stress Scale (Cohen et al. in Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 24, 385–396, 1983) and low (i.e., scores between 48 and 144) on the University Life Scale (Aladağ et al. in Türk Psikolojik Danışma ve Rehberlik Dergisi, 2(20), 41–47, 2003) were invited to participate in the study. Among the 24 students who met the criteria, 21 volunteered to participate. Students in the experimental group (11) kept a gratitude journal for 3 weeks, whilst those in the control group (10) were not involved in any gratitude-related activity. Results indicated that students in the experimental group had significantly higher post-test scores on gratitude, adjustment to university life, life satisfaction, and positive affect. Results related to gratitude interventions, positive emotions and college student adjustment are discussed.

Keywords

Gratitude Gratitude journaling College student adjustment First-year college students Turkey 

Notes

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Conflict of Interest

The authors have no affiliations with any organization with any financial or non-financial interest in the subject matter or no possible conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational Sciences, Psychological Counseling and GuidanceGazi UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Gazi Üniversitesi Gazi Eğitim FakültesiBeşevlerTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Leadership and CounselingDrake UniversityDes MoinesUSA

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