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Courage and Hope as Factors for Client Change: Important Cultural Implications and Spiritual Considerations
Mark Blagen and Julia Yang
In the recent development of positive psychology and in the integration of spirituality and psychology, courage and hope, along with other characteristics, are discussed as virtues, a state of mind, attitudes, emotions, strengths, or actions. In this article the authors present courage and hope as psychological constructs, cultural values, as well as spiritual gifts. This article concludes with practical implications of how counselors may engage the client in developing the characteristics of courage and hope.