The Effect of Hope on Coping with Stress

  • Shlomo Breznitz
Part of the The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


My studies on hope and its effects on coping are still in their initial stages, and, consequently, this presentation will be a highly speculative one. It consists of an attempt to delineate some common foci pertaining to hope that can be found in a variety of stressful situations. These foci are abstractions based on qualitative information obtained in interviews with people under a serious threat, such as awaiting the results of biopsy testing for breast cancer, waiting for surgery, anticipation of a major oral exam, and so forth. Because the purpose of these interviews was hypothesis-generating, rather than testing, some clear notions about the role of hope, the samples are by no means representative, nor were they meant to be.


Cervical Cancer Coronary Care Unit Positive Word American Soldier Paradise Lost 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shlomo Breznitz
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  1. 1.Roy D. Wolf Center for Study of Psychological StressUniversity of HaifaHaifaIsrael

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