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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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•A• abuse, xiii, 9, 80 See child human rights, 159 sexual, 241 See survivor verbal, 82 victimization, 88 acceptance, 2, 16, 20, 23, 28–30 following transgression, 87 and hope, 164–166 acknowledgement, 83 activism, 236-240, 244-245, 247-248, 250– 251 adaptable/adaptation, 7, 25, 63, 100, 130, 141, 147, 157, 178, 197, 201, 236, 238, 249 advice, advice-seeking, 134 career, 127 community, 128 and coping, 142–143 perceived, 66 affection, 79, 83, 85 affirmation, 167 agency, 6, 8, 9, 39–40, 45, 48, 61, 84, 89, 165, 130, 250 actor, 113 agents, 158 and critical pedagogy, 239 See Dramatistic Pentad and Hope, 84, 89, 100, 106, 115, 121, 149-150, 157-158, 168– 169, 180–181, 184, 186, 210, 245–246, See resilience self-agency, 148 age-related, 131, 197, 201, 210, 215 aggression, 20, 29, 34, 37, 54, 63, 80–81 aggressive communication, 37 aging, 22, 134, 197, 200–201 ambivalence, 163 anger, 21, 56, 64, 65, 78–79, 82, 84, 85, 106, 208 apology, 64–65, 69, 82, 83, 86–88 appreciation, 2, 10, 149 argument, 49, 78, 128, 207 assessments, 17, 83 assets, 6–8, 63, 121, 125, 133, 141, 185, 202–203, 241 See hope See resilience attachment, 21, 25, 192 attitudes, 104, 126, 131, 143, 207, 236 audience, 5, 113, 162 • B • balance, , 21, 29, 128, 139, 179, content-relational messages, 210 constructing war stories, 223 homeostatic, 7, 142, 179 work-family, 5, 139 work-life, 21, 128 See Dramastic Pentad battle(s), See war bravery, 134 broaden-and-build theory, 41–42 buffer, 66...

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