Gratitude in Modern Life

Dan P. McAdams and Jack J. Bauer

in The Psychology of Gratitude

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195150100
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847389 | DOI:

Series: Series in Affective Science

Gratitude in Modern Life

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This chapter examines the manifestations and development of gratitude in modern life. It proposes a framework for thinking developmentally about gratitude and reviewing the scant research on the development of gratitude in childhood and adolescence. It also discusses the result of original research on the relationship between gratitude and identity development and between gratitude and generativity. It describes recent research that traces themes of gratitude in the mythic life stories that enable modern adults to make sense of their lives.

Keywords: gratitude; modern life; identity; generativity; childhood; adolescence

Chapter.  8242 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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