COMBINING CREATIVE AND POSITIVE INTERVENTIONS FOR ENHANCING HOPE IN INSTITUTIONALIZED ORPHANED FEMALES
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Keywords

Creative interventions, Positive Psychotherapy, Hope, Orphans, Young Adults

Abstract

The current study attempts to explore the efficacy of creative interventions mixed with positive interventions on the hope levels of orphaned females living in an institutionalized setting. It was hypothesized that there would be a significant enhancement in hope after applying combined interventions. A pre-post quasi experimental design as used in which 10 female participants between18 to 24 (M=20.5, SD=2.12) years were approached using purposive convenient sampling at a local orphanage, Karachi, Pakistan. In the Pre- intervention phase, the Hope Scale Urdu version (Saleem, 2016) was used to establish a baseline for existing hope levels. In the intermediary group intervention phase, creative interventions were merged with interventions gleaned from positive psychotherapy targeting hope while the efficacy was tested using a pre and post test analysis. Statistical analysis using SPSS 22 and the paired sample t-test showed that there was a significant enhancement in post-intervention levels of hope.  The research carries implications for practitioners especially those using traditional models of psychotherapeutic interventions to understand the importance of further exploration in the arena of creative interventions when merged with positive interventions for better hope levels in adversely affected populations.

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