An Exploration of Hope in Catholic School Students

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Journal of Catholic Education, ISSN: 2164-0246, Vol: 5, Issue: 3, Page: 274-285

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McDermott, Diane; Pedrotti, Jennifer Teramoto; Edwards, Lisa M; Houske, Angela M
Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice
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Hope is a valuable asset for children, adolescents, and adults. Individuals with high hope are better able to navigate around obstacles by using pathways and agency thoughts towards their goals. Studies with children and adults have demonstrated that hope is related to several positive constructs, including academic and athletic ability, problem solving and coping, physical health, and psychological adjustment. This study explores hope in Catholic school students. Because Catholic schools provide a unique faith community for their students, a better understanding of the characteristics of children in these settings is important. Analyses showed that Catholic school student’s hope scores were significantly higher than the general mean of children’s hope scores. Implications and suggestions for fostering hope in the classroom are provided.