Hope in psychiatry: a review of the literature

  title={Hope in psychiatry: a review of the literature},
  author={Beate Schrank and Giovanni Stanghellini and Mike Slade},
  journal={Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica},
Objective:  Hope has long been considered an important therapeutic factor in medicine, nursing and mental health and recently received attention as a central component of recovery. However, conceptual clarity, applicability and the predictive value of hope remain unclear. This review aims to define hope, review current approaches to assessment, and outline research evidence linking hope with effectiveness. 

Hope in psychiatry

The topic of hope is illuminated from four different perspectives relevant to psychiatric research and practice, providing an overview of philosophical, conceptual, research and recovery-related reflections concerning hope in psychiatry.

Psychometric properties of Hope Scales: A systematic review

A large number of scales to measure hope have been developed and used in various disciplines, yet, their psychometric properties have not been systematically reviewed.

Hope, Optimism, Goals and Passion: Their Clinical Implications

In this chapter the concepts of hope, optimism and goal setting are explored and analyzed in their important roles in the clinical domains. Hope has been considered a common therapeutic ingredient in

Hope in Health Care: A Synthesis of Review Studies

  • E. Olsman
  • Political Science, Medicine
    Historical and Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Hope
  • 2020
An overview of review studies on hope in health care is provided and conceptual clarification is offered, including ethical issues related to hope.

Hope and recovery: a scoping review

How hope, and what may inspire it, is described within the literature by persons experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance use problems is explored.

Hope in Medicine: Applying Multidisciplinary Insights.

The authors use a modes-of-hoping framework to explain different phenomena related to hope in medicine, such as hope in the face of a dismal prognosis, in the disclosure of diagnostic information, and in the initiation of new treatments.

Development and preliminary testing of the Schizophrenia Hope Scale, a brief scale to measure hope in people with

This study examined the psychometric properties of the newly developed 9item Schizophrenia Hope Scale (SHS-9) designed to measure hope in individuals with schizophrenia.

Recovery in Mental Health: Reshaping scientific and clinical responsibilities

Recovery is widely endorsed as a guiding principle of mental health policy, and new rules for services, e.g. user involvement and person-centred care, are brought by new proposals regarding more ethically consistent anti-discrimination and involuntary treatment legislation.

Hope and Mental Health Nursing

The role of nurses in mental health care comprises not only therapeutic interventions but critically harnesses the personal attributes of both the individual patient and the mental health nurse, to determine and achieve the aims of the health service.



Hope: a relevant concept for geriatric psychiatry.

Personal hopefulness: a conceptual review of the relevance of the perceived future to psychiatry.

  • K. Nunn
  • Psychology
    The British journal of medical psychology
  • 1996
Concepts related to hope are examined and a critique of the learned helplessness/optimism formulation is outlined, with special reference to existing notions of depression and anxiety.

The meaning of hope. Implications for nursing practice and research.

In older adults, hope gives their lives purpose and meaning and it is a present positive emotion related to the future that may be influenced by the past.

Hope: the critical factor in recovery.

Facilitating success, connecting to successful role models, managing the illness, and educating clients and the community are all identified as areas that enhance hope for clients.

Acute in-patient psychiatry: residential alternatives to hospital admission

A new study is outlined that will describe and evaluate currently available residential alternatives in the community for mental health in-patient services in England.

Hope from the perspective of people with schizophrenia (Korea).

Delivering medical care for patients with serious mental illness or promoting a collaborative model of recovery?

Summary There is a tension between models of ‘recovery’, which are increasingly important in mental health policy and practice, and systematic models of care delivery based on the notion of ‘chronic

Hope in terminal illness: an evolutionary concept analysis.

  • Sarah Johnson
  • Medicine
    International journal of palliative nursing
  • 2007
A working definition and clarification of the concept of hope in its current use has been achieved and provides a solid conceptual foundation for further study.

The therapeutic relationship in psychiatric settings

The current climate of research on the therapeutic relationship (TR) in mainstream psychiatric settings in main psychiatric settings is discussed.

The concept of hope revisited for nursing.

The development of nursing knowledge and interventions involve understanding human responses and needs. The human response of hope was identified as a concept in need of further clarification. The