Ann Psychiatr Clin Neurosci | Volume 2, Issue 2 | Research Article | Open Access

Hope Theory and Its Relation to Depression: A Systematic Review

André Leite1, Antônio Gabriel Araújo Pimentel de Medeiros2, Carolina Rolim1, Keny Silva Castelo Branco Pinheiro3, Marcela Beilfuss1, Mariana Leão1, Talita Castro1 and José Antônio Spencer Hartmann Junior4*

1Medical Residency in Psychiatry, Ulysses Pernambucano Hospital, Brazil
2Department of Psychologist, Frassinetti of Recife, Brazil
3Clinical Psychologist, University of Pernambuco, Brazil
4Department of Neuropsychiatry, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil

*Correspondance to: Spencer Hartmann Junior 

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Objective: To evaluate the contribution of Hope Theory to depression, allowing the exploration of new knowledge and tools that may help in its respective treatment.
Methods: This is a systematic review, conducted between March and April 2018, using PubMed, LILACs, MEDLINE, SciELO and PsycINFO databases to search for articles in Portuguese and English published in the last five years.
Results: Two hundred and ninety articles were found, being selected seven that met the established criteria. Depressive symptoms were related to low scores of hope. Hope was perceived as both a protective factor of mental health and a factor of better therapeutic prognosis.
Conclusion: It was confirmed that the Theory of Hope can be a psychological support for the treatment of depression as both as a protective factor for mental health and as a better therapeutic prognosis.


Hope; Depression Psychiatric Status Rating Scales; Psychological Theory


Leite A, de Medeiros AGAP, Rolim C, Pinheiro KSCB, Beilfuss M, Leão M, et al. Hope Theory and Its Relation to Depression: A Systematic Review. Ann Psychiatr Clin Neurosci. 2019;2(2):1014.

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