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  • Study shows the power of 'thank you' for couples

    Photo of professor Allen Barton in a building on the U. of I. campus

    Greater levels of perceived gratitude protect couples from common stressors such as ineffective arguing and financial problems and promote relationship stability, according to a study by Allen W. Barton, a professor of human development and family studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Allen Barton, call 217-244-2009; email

    The paper “The protective effects of perceived gratitude and expressed gratitude for relationship quality among African American couples” is available online or from the News Bureau

    DOI: 10.1177/02654075221131288