Raising_Grateful_Children_logo_BlackGratitude is associated with many positive outcomes including more satisfying social relationships and decreased distress and mental illness in adults. However, we know very little about gratitude in children and the role that parents play in fostering gratitude in their children. In our study, Raising Grateful Children, we examine what parents do to teach their children about gratitude, how these practices impact children’s experiences of gratitude, and whether parents can learn these skills through our online program. With continued support from the Templeton Foundation, we are continuing to follow 100 families to answer these questions as these children enter adolescents.

If you have any questions, are a participant and need to update your contact information, or are interested in being placed on our list of people interested in participating in future studies, please contact us at gratitude@unc.edu or call us at 919-962-8242.

Past and Present Team Members: Andrea Hussong (PI), Jennifer Coffman, Phil Costanzo, Amy Halberstadt, Hillary Langley, Irina Mokrova, Drew Rothenberg, and Taylor Thomas.


Available Publications 

Hussong, A.M., Langley, H.A., Coffman, J.L., Halberstadt, A.G., & Costanzo, P.R. (in press). Parent socialization of children’s gratitude. To appear in J. Tudge, J. and L. Freitas (Eds.), Developing Gratitude. Cambridge University Press.

Rothenberg, W.A., Hussong, A.M., Langley, H.A., Egerton, G.A., Halberstadt, A.G., Coffman, J.L., Mokrova, I., & Costanzo, P.R. (2016). Grateful parents raising grateful children: Niche selection and socialization of child gratitude. Applied Developmental Science, 1-15. [Reviewed on blog post: https://childandfamilyblog.com/gratitude-parents-children/]

Halberstadt, A. G., Langley, H.A., Hussong, A. M., Coffman, J. L., Rothenberg, W. A., Mokrova, I., & Costanzo, P. R. (2016).  Parents’ understanding of gratitude in young children: A thematic analysis. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 26, 439-451.