The practice of hope in public health interventions: a qualitative single-case study

Marie Broholm-Jørgensen*

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This study examines hope practices in the context of participation in a public health intervention. Theoretically, the study builds upon Cheryl Mattingly's notion of hope as a practice, which renders the possibility of examining participants actions, interactions and challenges with participating. This analytical lens contributes knowledge about how interventions are incorporated into participants' hopes for a future life and the consequences of intervening in peoples' everyday lives. The study builds on empirical material from a pilot study of the primary preventive intervention known as TOF (Tidlig Opsporing og Forebyggelse-a Danish acronym for 'Early Detection and Prevention') which aimed to identify high risk individuals and provide targeted preventive services. A by-product of a larger qualitative study, itself based on the TOF pilot study in 2019, this single-case study illustrates how participants' life situation influence how they interpret and manage activities in a public health intervention. The study shows how the practice of hope in public health interventions is closely linked to participants' own interpretations of how participation can lead to a life worth living. The findings, which show that participants' needs, and life situation influence the ways in which they respond to an intervention, adds to the complexity in intervention research. Further, the study illustrates some of the ethical challenges that arise when researchers intervene in people's everyday life. It reinforces the need for ongoing critical reflection and attention to be directed at how those being studied articulate and practice hope.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberdaac144
JournalHealth Promotion International
Issue number5
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022


  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Pilot Projects
  • Preventive Health Services
  • Public Health
  • Qualitative Research
  • hope
  • intervention
  • case study
  • public health


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