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Master of Science in Family Sciences (MSFS)
Agriculture, Food and Environment
Dr. Ronald Werner-Wilson
Substance use disorder (SUD) is difficult to treat, as evidenced by its high prevalence and relapse rates. Research shows, however, that hope may have the potential to create effective and efficient change in the way we prevent and treat SUD. In order to utilize hope in this way, we must have a good understanding of what hope is. This phenomenological study aims to explore and describe the essence of hope through the lived experience of individuals in recovery from a SUD. Through interviews with 20 informants to generate data and an iterative interpretative process to identify shared meanings, hope emerged as an experience that is lived, spiritual, relational, revivifying, and felt. These results point to a need for more research regarding a theory of hope, improved scales for accurately measuring hope, and new language for talking about hope when using it as a tool in recovery and elsewhere.
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1. Department of Family Sciences, Chellgren Endowment, 2020
2. Department of Family Sciences, John I. & Patricia J. Buster Fellowship, 2020-2021
3. Department of Family Sciences, Alice P. Killpatrick Fellowship, 2020
Lance, Mary Katherine, "THE LIVED EXPERIENCE OF HOPE IN THE MIDST OF RECOVERY FROM A SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER: A PHENOMENOLOGY" (2021). Theses and Dissertations--Family Sciences. 88.