Understanding Hope in Individuals with Disabilities

Cindy Buchanan and Shane Lopez

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

Understanding Hope in Individuals with Disabilities

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Hope is a positive psychology construct that provides an excellent platform to study and enhance the lives of people with disabilities. This chapter will describe hope, specifically focusing on Snyder's take on the hope construct. The benefits of high levels of hope will be examined as will the influence of high levels of hope on an individual's ability to cope with daily challenges and stressors. Psychometrically sound measurement tools for assessing hope in individuals' lives will be described. Finally, the chapter will discuss novel interventions to increase hope in individuals, highlighting interventions that have implications for use with individuals with disabilities.

Keywords: hope theory; Hope Scale; agency; pathway; Snyder

Article.  9140 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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