Social Indicators Research

, Volume 77, Issue 1, pp 61–78 | Cite as

Hope Therapy in a Community Sample: A Pilot Investigation

  • Jennifer S. Cheavens
  • David B. Feldman
  • Amber Gum
  • Scott T. Michael
  • C. R. Snyder


We report findings from an initial empirical test of a hope-based, group therapy protocol. In this context, hope is defined as a cognitive process through which individuals pursue their goals [Snyder, C. R.: 1994, Free Press, New York]. As such, the eight-session group treatment emphasized building goal-pursuit skills. Findings from a randomized, wait-list control trial using a community sample (n=32 completers) are reported. Participants underwent structured diagnostic interviews (SCID-I) and completed assessment packets. Post-participation assessment results indicate the intervention was associated with statistically significant (p<0.05) improvements in the agency component of hope, life meaning, and self-esteem as well as reductions in symptoms of depression and anxiety. These results suggest that a brief hope intervention can increase some psychological strengths and reduce some symptoms of psychopathology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer S. Cheavens
    • 1
  • David B. Feldman
    • 2
  • Amber Gum
    • 3
  • Scott T. Michael
    • 4
  • C. R. Snyder
    • 5
  1. 1.Duke University Medical CenterUSA
  2. 2.Santa Clara UniversityUSA
  3. 3.University of South FloridaUSA
  4. 4.Seattle DivisionVA Puget Sound Health Care SystemUSA
  5. 5.University of KansasUSA

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