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date: 20 March 2019

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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

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