Thesis Title: Gratitude, Self-Compassion and Life Satisfaction among Adolescents with Lone Parents versus Two Parents

Student Name: Ifra Rasheed

Supervisor: Afsheen Masood, PhD

Degree: BS

Year: 2014-2018

Abstract

The present research aimed to examine gratitude, self-compassion and life satisfaction in late adolescents with two-parents versus lone-parents. It was hypothesized that gratitude and Self compassion were likely to predict adolescents’ life satisfaction with reference to available parenting (one parent vs. two parent families). Cross sectional research design was utilized. The sample involved 300 participants (N = 300), 150 boys and 150 girls. Information was gathered from participants, selected through non-probability purposive sampling strategy. The measure comprised of Gratitude Questionnaire (GQ-6; Emmons, 2000), Self-Compassion Scale (SCS; Neff, 2003) and Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS; Diener, 1993) in addition to indigenous demographic questionnaire. Questionnaires individually administered to each of the participants. Using SPSS version 23, correlation and multiple regression  analyses were applied. Results showed that gratitude was significantly related with subscales of seIf-compassion (self-kindness and common humanity) and life satisfaction. The sub scale of self-compassion, over identification was closely related to life satisfaction. So, it is concluded that all these three variables are closely related with each other. Gratitude predicts life satisfaction. There is a significant difference in gratitude in men and women. There are significant gender differences in all sub scales of self- compassion as well as in life satisfaction. This research holds still holds considerable importance because can be used as a basis for future research and educate adolescents about the nature and importance of gratitude, self-compassion and life satisfaction.

Keywords: Gratitude, self-compassion, Life satisfaction, Adolescents.