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28-06-2019 | Uitgave 4/2020

Journal of Behavioral Medicine 4/2020

Longitudinal associations between gratitude and depression 1 year later among adult cystic fibrosis patients

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Journal of Behavioral Medicine > Uitgave 4/2020
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Allen C. Sherman, Stephanie Simonton-Atchley, Catherine E. O’Brien, Dianne Campbell, Raghu M. Reddy, Bethany Guinee, Laura D. Wagner, Paula J. Anderson
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Abstract

Individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF) are confronted by a range of difficult physical and psychosocial sequelae. Gratitude has drawn growing attention as a psychosocial resource, but it has yet to be examined among adults with CF. The current investigation evaluated longitudinal associations between trait gratitude and subsequent outcomes from depression screening 12 months later, adjusting for disease severity (FEV1% predicted) and other significant clinical or demographic covariates. Participants were 69 adult CF patients recruited from a regional adult treatment center. They completed a validated measure of gratitude (Gratitude Questionnaire-6) at baseline and a screening measure of depression (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale) at 12-month follow-up. In a logistic regression analysis controlling for disease severity, higher levels of baseline gratitude were associated with reduced likelihood of depression caseness at 12 months (OR .83, 95% CI .73–.91, p = .001). Gratitude remained predictive after adjusting for other psychosocial resource variables (i.e., perceived social support and positive reframing coping). Findings offer an initial indication of the potential salutary role of dispositional gratitude in an understudied clinical population.

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