Gratitude Questionnaire

 

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AUTHORS: MICHAEL E. MCCULLOUGH, PH.D., ROBERT A. EMMONS, PH.D., JO-ANN TSANG, PH.D.
WHAT THE QUESTIONNAIRE MEASURES

The GQ-6 is a short, self-report measure of the disposition to experience gratitude. Participants answer 6 items on a 1 to 7 scale (1 = “strongly disagree”, 7 = “strongly agree”). Two items are reverse-scored to inhibit response bias. The GQ-6 has good internal reliability, with alphas between .82 and .87, and there is evidence that the GQ-6 is positively related to optimism, life satisfaction, hope, spirituality and religiousness, forgiveness, empathy and prosocial behavior, and negatively related to depression, anxiety, materialism and envy. The GQ-6 takes less than 5 minutes to complete, but there is no time limit.

KEY REFERENCES

McCullough, M. E., Emmons, R. A., & Tsang, J. (2002). The Grateful Disposition: A conceptual and Empirical Topography. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 112-127.

E-MAIL CONTACT INFORMATION

Dr. Michael E. McCullough: mikem@mail.smu.edu

Dr. Robert A. Emmons: raemmons@ucdavis.edu

TO DOWNLOAD THE QUESTIONNAIRE

Click here: Gratitude Questionnaire