Despite the long-understood importance of Hope in the lives of individuals, few studies have investigated how Hope is understood from an Indian perspective. Furthermore, the focus on understanding the interpretations and experiences of Hope in the young adult population has been low. The current paper explores the phenomenon of Hope from Indian young adults’ perspective. The sample consisted of 10 participants, who were in the age range of 21 to 22 years and were pursuing their undergraduate or postgraduate studies. The study utilized in-depth interviews to understand the experiences and perspectives of Hope in the participants. Data were analyzed through Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) which brought forward several themes which focused on the experiences and understanding of Hope, delineating the main features of Hope, its situations, and its cognitive, affective, and behavioral consequences. The study adds literature to the Indian understanding of Hope or conceptualizing Hope from an Indian context and provides an in-depth understanding of the construct. It gives valuable insights into how Hope can be used for stress management and promoting well-being in individuals.


Indian youth, Hope, meaning making, interpretative phenomenological analysis, phenomenological approach, strengths

Author Bio(s)

Mimansa Khanduri (Corresponding Author; ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1723-3877) is an Research Assistant at Sangath, Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), India. Her primary affiliation where majority of the research work was done was Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (Maharashtra), India. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi and her master's degree in Applied Psychology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Her interests include several areas of social and positive psychology such as hope, resilience, othering and para-social relationships. Please direct correspondence to mimansa.khanduri@sangath.in

Dr. Ketoki Mazumdar, MSc., M.Phil., Ph.D. (ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1723-3877), is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at FLAME University (Department of Psychology), Pune (Maharashtra), India. Her primary affiliation where majority of this research work was done was Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (Maharashtra), India. Her research interest lies at the intersection of gender and mental health, particularly feminist perspectives in the areas of maternal mental health, mothering practices across cultures, parenting, work-family interface, and self-compassion and mindfulness-based practices.


The authors would like to acknowledge and thank the participants for taking part in this research and contributing towards an understanding of Hope in Indian young adults.

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