Effect of gratitude on loneliness of Chinese college students: Social support as a mediator

Shiguang Ni1, Ruidong Yang1, Yufeng Zhang2, Rui Dong3
1Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, People’s Republic of China
2Department of Psychology, Tsinghua University, People’s Republic of China
3School of Business Administration, Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics, People’s Republic of China
Cite this article:  Ni, S., Yang, R., Zhang, Y., & Dong, R. (2015). Effect of gratitude on loneliness of Chinese college students: Social support as a mediator. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 43(4), 559-566.

Volume 43 Issue 4 | e4396 | Published: May 2015 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2015.43.4.559

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We investigated the mediating role of social support in the relationship between gratitude and loneliness. Participants were 728 Chinese students, from 6 universities, who completed 3 psychometric scales: the Gratitude Questionnaire-6, the UCLA Loneliness Scale (version 3), and the Social Support Rating Scale. Both gratitude and social support exerted protective effects against loneliness, and social support partially mediated the relationship between gratitude and loneliness. The practical implication of this research is that gratitude promotes social support and, thus, can protect individuals against loneliness.

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