Hope as an outcome variable among youths in a residential care setting

Rodney McNeal, Michael L. Handwerk, Clinton E. Field, Michael C. Roberts, Stephen Soper, Jonathan C. Huefner, Jay L. Ringle

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This study investigated changes in hope among 155 youths (ages 10 to 17 years) placed in a residential treatment facility over a 6-month period. The child and adolescent participants met criteria for a range of emotional and behavioral disorders and received interventions hypothesized to improve hopeful thinking. Hope scores significantly improved over 6 months of treatment. The positive changes in hope were not moderated by ethnicity or sex. For Agency hope scores (i.e., willpower), those with higher levels of psychopathology at admission demonstrated significantly more improvement in agency thinking over the course of 6 months.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-311
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Clinical outcomes
  • Hope theory
  • Residential care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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