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Communicating Hope and Resilience Across the Lifespan

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Edited By Gary A. Beck and Thomas Socha

From serious illness to natural disasters, humans turn to communication as a major source of strength to help us bounce back and to keep growing and thriving.
Communicating Hope and Resilience Across the Lifespan addresses the various ways in which communication plays an important role in fostering hope and resilience. Adopting a lifespan approach and offering a new framework to expand our understanding of the concepts of «hope» and «resilience» from a communication perspective, contributors highlight the variety of «stressors» that people may encounter in their lives. They examine connections between the cognitive dimensions of hope such as self-worth, self-efficacy, and creative problem solving. They look at the variety of messages that can facilitate or inhibit experiencing hope in relationships, groups, and organizations. Other contributors look at how communication that can build strengths, enhance preparation, and model successful adaptation to change has the potential to lessen the negative impact of stress, demonstrating resilience.
As an important counterpoint to recent work focusing on what goes wrong in interpersonal relationships, communication that has the potential to uplift and facilitate responses to stressful circumstances is emphasized throughout this volume. By offering a detailed examination of how to communicate hope and resilience, this book presents practical lessons for individuals, marriages, families, relationship experts, as well as a variety of other practitioners.

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Section Two: Contexts

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Section Two Contexts • C H A P T E R S I X • (Re)Envisioning Hope & Resilience in U.S. and Norwegian Prisons Brittany L. Peterson Ohio University Timothy P. McKenna-Buchanan Manchester University [Do] you know [what] the big difference between Norway and America is?…in America you have lots of people never coming out of prison; in Norway everybody has a date we go out. So then you have to be careful because if you make too much fuss they move that date. In America you get [a] life time [sentence], and then you don’t really give a shit. So you do what you want. —Mark, Inmate in the Norwegian Prison System n July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik went on a rampage, detonating bombs in Oslo and opening fire on labor-party youth on the island of Utoya. At the end of the day, 77 people lay slain (Lewis & Lyall, 2012, August 24). Breivik claimed that he was protecting Norway from its growing affinity toward multiculturalism, Islam in particular. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison, Norway’s maximum sentence (Kriminalomsorgen, 2013), and has since been serving time in what is known to be one of the most humane prison systems in the world (Christie, 2000, 2004; Pratt, 2008). Perhaps ironically, Breivik publically penned his criticisms of these facilities complaining to the media about the conditions in the prison. The New York Times reported that Breivik was displeased with “his three-cell suite with a television and exercise equipment” and “would...

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