"False" hope.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

"False" hope is condemned in the literature on the grounds that it reflects the counterproductive use of: (a) expectations based on illusions rather than reality, (b) inappropriate goals, and (c) poor strategies to reach desired goals. Snyder, Harris, et al.'s (1991) hope theory involving self-referential thoughts about finding routes to desired goals (pathways) and the motivation to use those routes (agency) is used as a framework for examining these three criticisms of false hope. It is concluded that the presently available evidence does not support any of the false-hope criticisms. The implications of hope-related issues for the applied clinical arena are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Snyder, CR; Rand, KL; King, EA; Feldman, DB; Woodward, JT

Published Date

  • September 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 58 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 1003 - 1022

PubMed ID

  • 12209861

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9762

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/jclp.10096


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States