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Differentiation of Self and Social Justice Commitment Mediated by Hope

Authors

  • Steven J. Sandage,

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    1. Department of Marriage and Family Studies, Bethel University.
    2. Now at the Danielsen Institute and the School of Theology, Boston University.
    • Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Steven J. Sandage, Danielsen Institute, Boston University, 185 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215 (e-mail: ssandage@bu.edu)

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  • Sarah Crabtree,

    1. Department of Marriage and Family Studies, Bethel University.
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  • Maria Schweer

    1. Department of Marriage and Family Studies, Bethel University.
    2. Now at Family Innovations, St. Paul, Minnesota.
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  • This project was supported by Grant 2266 from the Fetzer Institute.

Abstract

This study tested a theoretical model of hope mediating the relationship between differentiation of self and social justice commitment among graduate students (N = 202) in the helping professions. The theory was based primarily on the social justice philosophies of Martin Luther King Jr., Cornel West, and Paulo Freire using a cultural psychology approach. Results generally supported the theoretical model. Implications are considered for both training and future research on social justice.

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