Hope, Meaning in Life and Well-Being Among a Group of Young Adults

  • Tharina GuseEmail author
  • Monique Shaw
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 72)


This study explored the relationship between hope, meaning in life (MIL), and well-being among 252 emerging adults who were enrolled at university. Understanding these relationships may be useful in formulating interventions to support optimal development during emerging adulthood and could lead to an increased theoretical understanding of these interrelationships. The aims were to examine the possible mediating effect of MIL in the relationship between dispositional hope and well-being, as well as perceived hope and well-being, respectively. Participants completed the Mental Health Continuum – Short Form (Keyes CLM, Brief description of the Mental Health Continuum Short Form (MHC-SF). Retrieved from, 2009), the Adult Hope Scale (Snyder CR, Harris C, Anderson J, Holleran S, Irving L, Sigmon S, Yoshinobu L, Gibb J, Langelle C, Harney P, J Pers Soc Psychol 60:570–585, 1991), the Perceived Hope Scale (Krafft AM, Martin-Krumm C, Fenouillet F, Assessment, 1073191117700724,, 2017) and the Meaning in Life Questionnaire (Steger MF, Frazier P, Oishi S, Kaler M, J Couns Psychol 53:80–93, 2006). MIL mediated the relationships between both dispositional and perceived hope and well-being. In conclusion, hope may lead to the setting of meaningful goals as well as spiritually meaningful experiences, thus increasing meaning in life and eventually well-being.


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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of JohannesburgAuckland ParkSouth Africa

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