Hope in At-Risk Students in Relation to Life Satisfaction and Social Support

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)



Date of Award

Summer 2012


A multiple regression analysis (n = 125) was conducted, using the life satisfaction and social support scores as the independent variables and the overall hope score as the dependent variable. The results indicate that there is a statistically significant relationship between the Total Life Satisfaction Scores, Total Social Support Scores and Overall Hope scores. The results of the first ANOVA analysis reveal that statistically significant differences exist between the mean Social Support scores of the students who attended the DAEP and the mean social support scores of the students who attended the JJAEP. There were no statistically significant differences in the second ANOVA analysis found between the overall hope scores of the students who attended the DAEP in comparison to the students who attended the JJAEP. Based on these results, it is concluded that the type of at-risk program attended does not account for the differences in the levels of hope of at-risk students. Implications of the findings and recommendations for future research are provided.


Chris Simpson

Subject Categories

Counseling | Social and Behavioral Sciences