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Abstract Details for A Case for Hope

People both with and without disabilities are more likely to achieve their goals when they have hope. Often thought of as an intangible concept, this study shows how hope is in fact measurable, predictive, and teachable. Snyder’s Trait Hope Scale is a useful tool for vocational rehabilitation professionals to measure and understand levels of hope. • People who experience hope-focused rehabilitation have significantly better outcomes than those who don’t. • Goal achievement is driven more by thought and action than by emotions. • Vocational rehabilitation professionals can teach hope to provide a more positive experience for their consumer and themselves. • Hope enables people to deal with obstacles, set and achieve goals, cope with obstacles, and bounce back from setbacks. • Hopeful people report higher self-esteem, more control over their lives, and better problem-solving ability. They also envision goal success and are optimistic.