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A randomised wait list-controlled pre–post–follow-up trial of a gratitude diary with a distressed sample

Southwell, Sharon and Gould, Emma 2016, A randomised wait list-controlled pre–post–follow-up trial of a gratitude diary with a distressed sample, Journal of positive psychology, In press, pp. 1-15, doi: 10.1080/17439760.2016.1221127.

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Title A randomised wait list-controlled pre–post–follow-up trial of a gratitude diary with a distressed sample
Author(s) Southwell, Sharon
Gould, Emma
Journal name Journal of positive psychology
Season In press
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016-08-21
ISSN 1743-9760
1743-9779
Keyword(s) gratitude
intervention
diary
depression
anxiety
sleep
positive
clinical
wait list-controlled
Summary In a randomised wait list-controlled trial with repeated measures pre-, post- and follow-up design, participants (N  =  109) with a current self-reported diagnosis of an anxiety disorder and/or depression, took part in an internet-based study. After completing a three-week gratitude diaryreturning participants had lower scores on measures of depression, anxiety, stress and perceived sleep difficulties and higher scores on a measure of subjective well-being than immediately preintervention. At three-week follow-up depression and sleep scores for returning participants were no longer significantly different from pre-intervention, however, improvements for subjective wellbeing and stress at post-intervention were maintained. At follow-up anxiety scores had not onlybeen maintained but had improved significantly beyond post-intervention results. Intention to treat analyses were conducted and provided support for most completer results. Differences between the two sets of analyses are discussed below. This trial provides support for the use of gratitude diaries as an intervention with distressed populations.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/17439760.2016.1221127
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
1701 Psychology
1503 Business And Management
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Informa UK
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30093070

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