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Do not lock down your hopes: A qualitative analysis on how Futures Consciousness relates to how Hopeful Young People are regarding their Post-Corona Lives

Hanefeld, Franziska (2021) Do not lock down your hopes: A qualitative analysis on how Futures Consciousness relates to how Hopeful Young People are regarding their Post-Corona Lives.

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Abstract:Over the last one and a half years, the global Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) took over the everyday lives of people across the world. The pandemic has its negative consequences: fear, isolation, and death are among the worst results the Coronavirus brings about. However, the feeling of hope seems to be an encouraging factor when it comes to the future of a person. Therefore, this research paper aimed at studying the relation between Futures Consciousness (i.e., the ability to foresee, apprehend, and prepare for the future; see Lalot et al,. 2019) and the hope of younger people regarding their post-Corona lives. Futures Consciousness was captured with the help of five dimensions namely: Time Perspective, Agency Beliefs, Openness to Alternatives, Systems Perception, and Concern for Others. The analysis was based on already existing data from a study conducted at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, in which the Letters from the Future method was used to gather insights into the perceptions of individuals from a variety of countries. The letters were examined qualitatively for how the five dimensions of Futures Consciousness occurred in high and low hope participants. The findings show that a higher level of hope in younger people towards their post-Corona lives is related to higher futures consciousness, specifically for the dimensions Agency Beliefs, Systems Perceptions, and Concern for Others. To conclude, it can be said that the findings of the presented study confirm the initial expectations from the beginning of the research that the capacity to think about one’s own desirable future is related to hope. However, future research is recommended to validate the outcomes and to test the reliability and validity of the presented study and its findings.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87872
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