Date of Award

Spring 6-17-2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC)


College of Education, Department of Counseling and Special Education

First Advisor

Dr. Darrick Tovar-Murray

Second Advisor

Dr. Philip Gnilka

Third Advisor

Prof. Paul Pagones


The study examined flourishing, emotional approach coping (EAC) and hoping in college students. The purpose of the study was to examine the predictive utility of the EAC scales and the moderating effect hope has on the emotional approach coping-flourishing relationship. There were 120 participants in the study. The results showed that EAC could predict flourishing, and that hope did moderate the EAC-flourishing relationship. However, hope did not moderate the relationship as expected. Those who used the least of amount of EAC flourished the most. Also, those who used the most EAC and had high levels of hope flourished the least. There is need to more research in these areas to find out the reason for these results and to explore what helps people to flourish.