Original Articles

The Design and Evaluation of a Hope Enhancement Programme for Adults

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 18, issue 2, 2008 , pages: 301–308
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2008.10820202
Author(s): Charl PretoriusUniversity of the North-West,, Chris VenterUniversity of the North-West,, Michael TemaneUniversity of the North-West,, Mariè WissingUniversity of the North-West,


The study evaluated the effectiveness of a hope enhancement programme for a group of adults and its impact on general psychological well-being. The intervention programme focused on participants' abilities to set feasible goals, planning ways to reach those goals (pathways) and increase determination and motivation (agency) to reach these goals. The workshop-format programme, consisted of six two-hour sessions conducted over five days. A pre and post-test design included an experimental group (n = 8), control group (n = 8) and ‘chat group’ (n = 8). Findings indicated that the programme increased hope levels of the experimental group as indicated by the Hope Scale and the Hopefulness Subscale of the Hunter Opinions and Personal Expectations Scale. Well-being also improved as indicated by a significant increase in sense of coherence along with a positive change in satisfaction with life. Recommendations for future research were made.

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