Feeling hopeful inspires support for social change

Greenaway, Katharine H., Cichocka, Alexsandra, van Veelen, Ruth, Likki, Tiina and Branscombe, Nyla R. (2014) Feeling hopeful inspires support for social change. Political Psychology, 37 1: 89-107. doi:10.1111/pops.12225

Author Greenaway, Katharine H.
Cichocka, Alexsandra
van Veelen, Ruth
Likki, Tiina
Branscombe, Nyla R.
Title Feeling hopeful inspires support for social change
Journal name Political Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0162-895X
Publication date 2014-07-31
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/pops.12225
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 37
Issue 1
Start page 89
End page 107
Total pages 19
Place of publication Hoboken NJ, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract Hope is an emotion that has been implicated in social change efforts, yet little research has examined whether feeling hopeful actually motivates support for social change. Study 1 (N=274) confirmed that hope is associated with greater support for social change in two countries with different political contexts. Study 2 (N=165) revealed that hope predicts support for social change over and above other emotions often investigated in collective action research. Study 3 (N=100) replicated this finding using a hope scale and showed the effect occurs independent of positive mood. Study 4 (N=58) demonstrated experimentally that hope motivates support for social change. In all four studies, the effect of hope was mediated by perceived efficacy to achieve social equality. This research confirms the motivating potential of hope and illustrates the power of this emotion in generating social change.
Keyword Hope
Social change
Perceived efficacy
Intergroup relations
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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