Title

Cultivating Optimism In Childhood And Adolescence

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2004

Published In

Annals Of The American Academy Of Political And Social Science

Abstract

How do optimism and hope develop in young people? How can they be promoted? This article reviews research on the development of optimism and hope and interventions designed to build these qualities in youth. The Penn Resiliency Program is discussed as an example of a school-based intervention that may promote hope and prevent symptoms of depression and anxiety. Limits of existing studies and directions for future research are also discussed.

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