Hope in individuals living with chronic physical illness : correlates of hope across illness populations and predictors of hope in individuals with cardiovascular disease

Forster, Owen

Clinical psychology
June 2012

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This portfolio thesis comprises of three parts: a systematic literature review, an empirical report and appendices.

Part one is a systematic literature review in which literature relating to the empirical paper is reviewed. Insufficient studies into hope in cardiac populations exist so the search was broadened to hope in chronic physical illness. The review attempts to determine what the strongest and most consistent correlated variables with hope are in chronic illness populations. Links to theory and recommendations for future research are then made.

Part two is an empirical paper which includes two complementary studies. Study one aimed to test the hypothesis, what are the statistical predictors of hope. A range of variables were assessed to allow regression analysis with hope as the predicted variable. Study two explored the experiences of individuals living with cardiovascular disease and what made them hopeful about the future. The results of the two studies were formulated together to propose an understanding of the predictive processes present in hope.

Part three comprises appendices and a reflective statement which draws on personal experience of and reflection on the research process.

Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies, The University of Hull
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