Hope-Focused Marriage: Recommendations for Researchers, Clinicians, and Church Workers

Volume
Volume 31
Issue
Fall 2003
Title
Hope-Focused Marriage: Recommendations for Researchers, Clinicians, and Church Workers
Abstract

In response to questions posed to several respondents in this special issue, I describe a hope-focused approach to improving marriage, especially among Christians who marry. Hope involves maintaining a positive motivation to change (i.e., willpower), a variety of pathways to change (i.e., waypower), and perseverance (i.e., waitpower). I use these hope-focused principles to understand marriage and its future, to guide recommendations for public policy and preventive strategies, and to encourage helpers to continue to help couples. Despite cultural influences that challenge marriage as an institution, I remain hopeful that society and intervention specialists can still strengthen marriages.

Author
Dr. E.L., Jr. Worthington
Pages
231 - 239
Price
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