HINDS, Joe (2011). Exploring the psychological rewards of a wilderness experience: an interpretive phenomenological analysis. The Humanistic Psychologist, 39 (3), 189-205.Full text not available from this repository.
This study was concerned with the subjective experiences of five women (N = 5) on a 10-day Scottish wilderness trip focussing on well-being and environmental perceptions. Semistructured interviews, using an ethnographic approach, were subjected to interpretative phenomenological analysis (Smith, Jarman, & Osborn, 199938. Smith , J. A. , Flowers , P. , & Larkin , M. ( 2009 ). Interpretative phenomenological analysis: Theory, method, and research. London : Sage. View all references). The group shared common positive experiences characterized by feelings of connection, aliveness, contemplativeness, self-discovery, confidence, and well-being, although some deeper emotional experiences remained ineffable. Although participants' positive experiences were tied to an intimacy with the natural environment, others expressed an additional social influence, derived from bonds formed within the group. These findings are important for a better understanding of the effects that such wilderness experiences can have on people's psychological well-being and the development of positive people–environment relationships.
|Additional Information:||From special issue: Special Section on the First International Conference on Existential Psychology|
|Research Institute, Centre or Group:||Psychology Research Group|
|Depositing User:||Sam Wharam|
|Date Deposited:||27 Sep 2012 11:28|
|Last Modified:||27 Sep 2012 11:28|
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