Hope Across Borders: A Look at How Culture Influences Hope

Francisco Berrones, Dr. Scott Drabenstot, Department of Psychology and Counseling, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expy, Bethany, OK 73008

Snyder's Hope Theory suggests people achieve goals through finding pathways and having the agency to do so (Snyder, 2002). This study aimed to see how individualism and collectivism affected levels of hope in an individual. Data was collected from several cities in Costa Rica as well as a broad range of people from the United States to see what types of cultural factors exist within the two regions as well as how they influence the perception of hope, including hope and dimensions within collectivism and individualism. Hope was more strongly correlated with individualism and collectivism in the country of Costa Rica than it was in the United States. This data suggests hope is more strongly influenced by interpersonal relationships in Costa Rica than in the United States.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Francisco Berrones

Institution: Southern Nazarene University

Type: Poster

Subject: Psychology

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 11
Date/Time: Wed 3:00pm-4:00pm
Session Number: 7036