Exploring the psychological rewards of a wilderness experience: an interpretive phenomenological analysis

HINDS, Joe (2011). Exploring the psychological rewards of a wilderness experience: an interpretive phenomenological analysis. The Humanistic Psychologist, 39 (3), 189-205.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08873267.2011.567132
Link to published version:: https://doi.org/10.1080/08873267.2011.567132


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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: From special issue: Special Section on the First International Conference on Existential Psychology
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Psychology Research Group
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/08873267.2011.567132
Page Range: 189-205
Depositing User: Sam Wharam
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2012 11:28
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2021 00:01
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6197

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