Hope Predicts Happiness with Life, Personal Well-Being, and Resilience Among Selected School-going Filipino Adolescents

  • Nephtaly Joel Botor Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna 4031, Philippines
Keywords: adolescence, hope, happiness, well-being, resilience.

Abstract

Adolescence is a unique life stage where individuals face challenging and diverse psychosocial issues. It is therefore essential to continuously explore variables through which positive psychological outcomes can be fostered among adolescents. The present study, thus, explored the relationship among desirable psychosocial variables; namely, hope, happiness, personal well-being, and resilience. It aimed to investigate if hope and its components—pathway and agency—predict levels of happiness with life, personal well-being, and resilience in a group of purposively selected school-going Filipino adolescents (n=170), who participated in an adolescent development activity organized in a university in Laguna, Philippines. Upon analysis of data, descriptive statistics showed moderate to high levels of hope, happiness, and overall personal well-being, while low-average level of resilience. Correlation analysis, on the other hand, revealed positive relationships among study variables. Furthermore, regression analysis established that overall hope significantly predicts general happiness, overall personal well-being, and resilience.  It also showed that only agency was a significant positive predictor of general happiness and overall personal well-being. Hope and its two components were, on the other hand, all positive predictors of resilience. At the end of this paper, directions for research and interventions to foster hope, well-being, and resilience among the youth are discussed.

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2019-07-20
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