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Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Department

Department of Graduate Psychology

Advisor(s)

Debbie Sturm, PhD

Lennie Echterling, PhD

Anne Stewart, PhD

Abstract

This study utilized Pearson correlations to assess for relationships between dispositional gratitude, attachment type, and relationship satisfaction. The survey was completed by 599 participants (77.57% female; 21.64% male; 0.63% other; 0.16% decline to state). Three separate instruments were used to assess for dispositional gratitude, attachment type (anxious/avoidant), and relationship satisfaction, respectively. First, it was hypothesized that anxious attachment would be negatively correlated with dispositional gratitude. Second, it was hypothesized that avoidant attachment types would be negatively correlated with dispositional gratitude. Third, it was hypothesized that anxious attachment would be negatively correlated with relationship satisfaction. Fourth, it was hypothesized that avoidant attachment would be negatively correlated with relationship satisfaction. Finally, it was hypothesized that dispositional gratitude and relationship satisfaction would be positively correlated. The null hypotheses was rejected for all hypotheses and each correlation was significant. Implications for the relationship between these three constructs are discussed in relation to romantic relationships and the counseling relationship.

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