Agentic action refers to the process of identifying pathways that lead to specific ends and engaging in self-directing and self-regulating action to navigate environmental opportunities and threats. Pathways thinking and agency thinking are critical elements of Hope Theory, and this this chapter concludes the section of this text on the development of agentic action by examining the role of hope, and Hope Theory, in the development of self-determination. The chapter begins with an overview of Hope Theory, followed by an examination of the development of hopeful thought and hope. Next, the chapter discusses measurement and the Hope Scale. The chapter concludes with a review of the literature in hope and by exploring interventions to promote hope and linkages between hope and Causal Agency Theory.
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