Posted on November 06, 2020

The Faculty of Humanities is inviting the UP community to participate in the international Hope Barometer Survey 2020. This is a joint project between Professor Tharina Guse, Head of the Department of Psychology at UP, and Dr Andreas Krafft (overall project leader) of the University of St Gallen in Switzerland.

The purpose of this international project is to examine hope, as well dimensions that could correlate with it – such as optimism, well-being and social support – among participants from various countries over time. The current study will be implemented over four years (2019 to 2022), with annual implementation of the survey in November of each year. The Hope Barometer Survey has successfully been implemented in Switzerland since 2009 and since 2017 in South Africa. Several conference presentations and publications have emanated from the survey.

Importantly, the answers to the survey questions in the context of COVID-19 could shed more light on how the pandemic may have influenced hope and positive psychological functioning.  
This project will follow a quantitative approach and implement a cross-sectional survey design using an online survey. The survey consists of demographic questions as well as questionnaires measuring target variables (such as hope, well-being and self-compassion) and takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

To participate in the survey, please follow this link: 

For more information, contact Prof Tharina Guse at [email protected] 

- Author Department of Institutional Advancement

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