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date: 01 June 2020

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This chapter introduces the research on hope and physical health. The various conceptualizations and measures of hope in the medical literature are addressed, although the research covered focuses on Snyder’s hope theory. The research on hope and health behaviors is presented, followed by a critical discussion of research on hope and specific areas of health outcomes, including pain, cancer, spinal cord injury, rehabilitation/injury, and chronic illness. Some of the mechanisms through which hope influences health are discussed, and the concepts of related health behaviors and health outcomes are explored. These health effects include coping and buffering against stress and depression. This chapter concludes with questions for future research.

Keywords: hope, physical health, coping, health behaviors, health outcomes, hope theory

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