“We Can Create a Better World for Ourselves”: Radical Hope in Communities of Color

Bryana H. French, Helen A. Neville, Jioni A. Lewis, Della V. Mosley, Hector Y. Adames, Nayeli Y. Chavez-Dueñas

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The negative impact of racism on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color’s (BIPOC’s) mental and physical health is well-documented. Research supports the critical role of personal hope as a buffer against despair and adverse health outcomes among BIPOC. However, there is a dearth of empirical research exploring the experiences of BIPOC’s sense of collective hope. This study aimed to help fill this gap in the literature by extending Mosley et al.’s (2020) multidimensional psychological framework of radical hope via a qualitative study. Radical hope includes a collective motivation of hope for BIPOC communities to work toward a more egalitarian future. In this study, focus groups and interviews were conducted with 29 BIPOC adults, with and without mental health training, to explore participants’ perceptions of radical hope. Seven interrelated themes were identified. Two core components and four themes aligned with and extended Mosley et al.’s (2020) framework: Collective Orientation, Faith and Agency, Resisting Racism, Embracing Racial Pride, Envisioning Possibilities, and Meaning Making and Purpose. We also identified a new theme, Valuing Self. Implications for clinical practice and research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-340
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 11 2023


  • People of Color
  • hope theory
  • racism
  • radical hope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Psychology


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