Gratitude in Modern Life: Its Manifestations and Development

Dan P. McAdams*, Jack J. Bauer

*Corresponding author for this work

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5 Scopus citations


This chapter examines the manifestations and development of gratitude in modern life. It proposes a framework for thinking developmentally about gratitude and reviewing the scant research on the development of gratitude in childhood and adolescence. It also discusses the result of original research on the relationship between gratitude and identity development and between gratitude and generativity. It describes recent research that traces themes of gratitude in the mythic life stories that enable modern adults to make sense of their lives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Psychology of Gratitude
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199847389
ISBN (Print)0195150104, 9780195150100
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012


  • Adolescence
  • Childhood
  • Generativity
  • Gratitude
  • Identity
  • Modern life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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