Hopelessness Concept Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Results from the basic literature search ranged from no identifiable text associated with law or business, to diverse perspectives drawn from religion, ethics, and the health literature. One political article referencing hopelessness was reviewed, but included no specific discussion or definition for hopelessness (Fremsted, 1977). Hopelessness is often defined by religious or ethical resources with reference to suffering being a requirement for greater faith and leading to an expanded understanding about the purpose of life (Fryback & Reinert, 1999; Warren, 2002). Beck, Halling, McNabb, Miller, Rowe, and Schulz (2003) suggest the Christian values of suffering and despair as they relate to sin, establish a social stigma for the suffering individual that may lead to hopelessness (p. 340). Beck, et al. (2003) examine the concept of hopelessness as it relates to guilt, suffering, shame, loss, helplessness, and lost control, concluding that "Hopelessness is a geography, it is a universe onto itself, cut off from a world of interconnectedness, frozen in time and space" (Beck, et al., 2003, p. 349). The experiences of youth workers offer an alternate definition of hopelessness, while echoing similar themes identified by other specialty literatures. Competent professionals faced with insurmountable circumstances and having no identifiable solution available experienced feelings of impotence, incompetence, loss of control, and abandonment. Hopelessness is an emotion that evolves from a sense of futility realized by acknowledging a state of helplessness (Anderson-Nathe, 2008). Definitions of hopelessness in the medical literature reflect varying perspectives and focus. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV-TR, 2000) published by the American Psychiatric Association organizes symptoms into diagnostic psychiatric categories. Hopelessness is a symptom of depression, but not viewed as a …show more content…
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