Trait-State Gratitude, Positive-Negative Affect and Resilience as Predictors of Life Satisfaction Among Indian Military School Children | P 156-162

Saniya Bedi and Waheeda Khan
SGT University, Gurugram, India


Traditional psychological interventions have long focused on identification and treatment
of psychopathological states. Positive psychology, however, aims at enhancing the
well-being states by adopting a strengths-based approach. Identifying the factors that
foster the enhancement of life satisfaction can promote healthy development among
military children, who are exposed to unique stressors and challenges. The present study
explored trait-state gratitude, positive-negative affect and resilience as predictors of life
satisfaction among 741 Indian military school children, aged 11-14 years old. Results
revealed a significant positive correlation between state-trait gratitude, positive affect,
resilience and life satisfaction. A significant negative correlation was found between
negative affect and life satisfaction. All the variables were significant predictors of life
satisfaction, with positive affect being the strongest predictor. The results suggest
that interventions to enhance positive affect, trait-state gratitude, and resilience can
significantly contribute to life satisfaction of the military school children in India.
Keywords: Military children, trait-state gratitude, positive-negative affect, resilience,
life satisfaction

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