Hope Research Study: Metaphors and Symbols of Hope
Marilyn T. Quigley
Saltair Natural Therapies
University of Lethbridge
September 26, 2008
This study explored and measured our knowledge and understanding of hope. It generated views, symbols, and metaphors of hope. The research team conducted a phenomenological study of internal meanings, and understandings of the participants of their lived experiences of hope. A qualitative-focus group method was utilized as well as a quantitative-survey exploration which permitted divergent perspectives to emerge and be integrated into a whole meaning of hope. A framework analysis approach was used to analyze the focus group data. Quantitative questions were analyzed by EZAnalize(c) statistics program. The data revealed that respondents distinguished a difference between their concept of hope and definition of hope. This study has allowed us to focus on hope, to articulate its meanings, and lead to a better idea of how hope affects us, and how we operationalize it in our lives.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 18
Keywords: hope concept, active, cognitive construct, symbols, metaphors, definitionworking papers series
Date posted: September 27, 2008 ; Last revised: October 2, 2008
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