Are Gratitude and Spirituality Protective Factors Against Psychopathology?

  • David H. Rosmarin Department of Psychology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
  • Elizabeth J. Krumrei Department of Psychology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
  • Kenneth I. Pargament Department of Psychology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

Abstract

Anxiety and depression are common responses to trauma and bereavement.  However, gratitude and spirituality may be helpful to individuals experiencing anxiety and depression in response to a loss, and therefore empirical investigation into the links between these variables is warranted.  This study investigated the relationships between gratitude, spiritual/religious variables, anxiety and depression across multiple religious groups.  Two independent samples consisting of n = 120 Christians (Catholic, Mainline Protestant, Evangelical Protestant and Morman) and n = 234 Jews (Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Other) were recruited.  Measures of gratitude, general religiousness, religious practices, and positive core beliefs about God (trust in God) were administered alongside measures of trait anxiety and depression.  Statistically significant correlations emerged between all variables, suggesting that gratitude and spirituality are protective factors against anxiety and depression.
Published
Aug 3, 2010
How to Cite
ROSMARIN, David H.; KRUMREI, Elizabeth J.; PARGAMENT, Kenneth I.. Are Gratitude and Spirituality Protective Factors Against Psychopathology?. International Journal of Existential Positive Psychology, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, aug. 2010. ISSN 1708-1696. Available at: <http://journal.existentialpsychology.org/index.php/ExPsy/article/view/148>. Date accessed: 21 sep. 2019.
Section
Meaning Conference Proceedings: Student Winners

Keywords

spirituality, religion, gratitude, anxiety, depression