Hope and Well-Being in Asian Societies
The important role of positive goal-directed cognitions in the well-being of individuals has been well documented in the psychology research literature. Locus-of-hope theory (Bernardo, 2010) has been proposed as an extension of traditional hope theories in psychology and it emphasizes the conjoint forms of agency towards goal pursuit, or the role of significant others (family and peers) as well as of supernatural forces in attaining one’s goals. This research program investigates the role of internal and external locus-of-hope dimensions in well-being in different populations (e.g., students, teachers, workers, victims of intimate partner violence, etc.) and how hope interacts with other positive character strengths. The theoretical aspects of this research program seek to clarify the structure of the antecedents, interactive processes, and limitations of the different locus-of-hope dimensions across cultures. The practical aspects of the program seek to develop more varied hope-related interventions (as exemplars of low-intensity positive psychology interventions) for different populations.
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