ERIC Number: EJ1034985
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
Hope in Civic Action: To Be Optimistic and Non-Prejudicial
Ferrari, Joseph R.; Haq, Arsalan; Williams, Shannon M.
College Student Journal, v48 n2 p185-188 Sum 2014
The present study explored perceptions of hope for social change through civic engagement. Psychology majors, active in campus clubs and organizations (n = 52; M age = 19 years old) completed survey measures predicting hopeful (agency and pathways) tendencies by positive personality qualities, such as positive perceptions of life, being nonjudgmental, and helpfulness. Results indicated that for students engaged in activities, aspects of hope are best related and predicted by non-prejudicial beliefs toward others, and a general sense of optimism was not a significant predictor. Implications of these results for promoting student civic action are discussed along with limitations and future research directions.
Descriptors: Social Change, Citizen Participation, Psychology, Majors (Students), Clubs, Student Organizations, Student Surveys, Measures (Individuals), Personality Traits, Student Participation, Individual Characteristics, Likert Scales, World Views, Helping Relationship, Positive Attitudes, College Students
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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