Author

Laura Hall

Date of Award

Summer 8-2019

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Educational and School Psychology

First Advisor

Courtney McLaughlin

Second Advisor

Lyanne Black

Third Advisor

Becky Knickelbein

Abstract

Social and emotional learning in education has become the preferred method of enhancing student mental health, as opposed to the “reactionary model” that focuses on amelioration of negative behaviors and emotions. This study is an investigation of a new social and emotional primary prevention program (The Look for the Good Project – LFTGP) for elementary schools that is aimed at increasing gratitude in students. Utilizing a convenience sample of schools, pre-test and post-test measures of gratitude were the dependent variables of the study. Additionally, students reported on levels of resilience to determine if there was a relationship between gratitude and resilience. Self-report ratings of gratitude yielded no significant difference before or following the intervention. Further, males and females showed no significant difference in their level of gratitude. Gratitude and resilience were found to be significantly correlated, and resilience and sex were found to be correlated, as well. This study adds to the universal social and emotional intervention literature by examining a new social and emotional curriculum for elementary school students. This study also adds to the literature on gratitude and resilience in children. Further research is recommended to determine if the LFTGP is an effective primary prevention program in the elementary school setting, as well as to further understand the relationship between gratitude and resilience, as well as resilience and sex.

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