Optimism Within the Context of Disability

Kevin L. Rand and Amanda M. Shea

in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Disability

Published in print August 2013 | ISBN: 9780195398786
Published online May 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Optimism Within the Context of Disability

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Optimism, embedded in self-regulation theory, offers multiple hypotheses for coping, goal attainment, and physical and psychological well-being. There is broad empirical support for the benefits of optimism in populations of people without disabilities. Although there is a dearth of research on the impact of optimism among people with disabilities and their caregivers, we review the literature that does exist, which suggests that optimism is an important predictor of adaptive coping, successful goal attainment, and overall well-being for people with disabilities and their caregivers. We propose future directions for understanding optimism in people with disabilities and their caregivers.

Keywords: optimism; disability; caregivers; self-regulation; coping; well-being; performance

Article.  8715 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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