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Hope as a Coping Resource for Caregiver Resilience and Well-Being

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Abstract

In the context of caregiving, hope reflects a future orientated motivational process where the caregiver has an expectation toward attaining a desirable goal. More specifically, hope reflects the capacity for a caregiver to identify one or more cognitive strategies (pathways) toward a desirable goal. Along with pathways thinking, hopeful caregivers must direct and maintain mental energy (agency) toward the pursuit of a desirable goal. Indeed, both pathways and agency cognitions are required for hope. This chapter introduces the concept of hope using Snyder’s (2002) theoretical model and reviews the literature on the significance of hope as a coping resource contributing to the well-being and resilience among caregivers.

Keywords

  • Hope
  • Pathways
  • Agency
  • Coping resource
  • Caregiver well-being

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Hellman, C.M., Worley, J.A., Munoz, R.T. (2018). Hope as a Coping Resource for Caregiver Resilience and Well-Being. In: Bailey, W., Harrist, A. (eds) Family Caregiving. Emerging Issues in Family and Individual Resilience. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-64783-8_5

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