my beloved grad student Fallon Goodman nails the second pub of her career, all within a 2-week time span. at this right, Steven C. Hayes better watch out for the next member of the 500 club:
Kaczmarek, L.D., Goodman, F.R. Drążkowski, D., Kashdan, T.B., Połatyńska, K., & Komorek, J. (in press). Instructional support decreases desirability and initiation of a gratitude intervention. Personality and Individual Differences.
Prior research (Kaczmarek et al., 2013) found that greater trait curiosity, fewer depressive symptoms, and being a woman increase the likelihood that a person will start a gratitude intervention on their own. Yet, little is known as to why these individual differences lead to self-initiation. In the present study, we examined motivational mechanisms that might account for these effects. In-home interviews were conducted with 257 adults from the community. Participants received a leaflet about gratitude interventions that asked about gratitude social belief norms (what other important people they care about would do), utility and self-control beliefs (e.g., usefulness, perceived difficulty), and intentions to start a gratitude intervention. They also completed measures of curiosity and depressive symptoms. Afterwards, participants received codes that allowed them to take part in a web-based gratitude intervention (strictly voluntary). Using structural equation modeling, we found that greater trait curiosity, fewer depressive symptoms, and being a woman indirectly led to the initiation of the gratitude intervention as a function of utility beliefs, social norm beliefs, and perceived self-control. Results suggest specific motivational pathways through which curiosity, depression, and sex influence the development of grateful people.
[NOTE: why do I regularly submit to this journal? because we get a revise-resubmit, they read through our responses to ensure we didn't skip anything, they don't send it out for re-review and its accepted with days. pay attention AEs!]