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

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du Plessis, Carolina F., 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. https://doi.org/10.1177/2167696820970690
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'I Am Grateful That I Still Live Under One Roof With My Family': Gratitude Among South African University Students

ERA Journal ID212354
Article CategoryArticle
Authorsdu Plessis, Carolina F. (Author), Guse, Tharina (Author) and du Plessis, Graham A. (Author)
Journal TitleEmerging Adulthood
Number of Pages10
Year2020
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN2167-6968
2167-6984
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/2167696820970690
Web Address (URL)https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2167696820970690
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.

Keywordsgratitude, emerging adulthood, thematic analysis, gratitude lists, gratitude interventions, South Africa, University Students
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520199. Applied and developmental psychology not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Johannesburg, South Africa
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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