Exploring the psychology of extended-period expeditionary adventurers: Going knowingly into the unknown
Reid, P. and Kampman, H. 2020. Exploring the psychology of extended-period expeditionary adventurers: Going knowingly into the unknown. Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 46 (Art. 101608). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2019.101608
|Authors||Reid, P. and Kampman, H.|
This research aimed to explore the lived experiences of extended-period expeditionary adventurers to understand why these individuals adventure, and what they perceive gaining from such experience. Most work in this area thus far has focused on exploring pre-determined elements of adventuring such as risk, stressors, and personality traits. However, rarely the aim has been to understand the overall why of this specific participant pool; the meaning and perceived benefits of going on an enduring adventure or expedition.
Seven participants were purposefully selected for their serial and extensive adventure involvement to explore their lived experiences and in-depth insights. Method: This study utilised a qualitative approach, using semi-structured interview techniques and an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA).
Three intercorrelated master themes were revealed: pre-, during- and post-adventure, all with subordinate themes: to go knowingly into the unknown; autonomy, the real outdoors and liberation; resilience and growth.
The results suggest that enduring expeditionary adventures have the potential to accelerate and magnify individuals’ growth and facilitate psychological well-being.
|Journal||Psychology of Sport and Exercise|
|Journal citation||46 (Art. 101608)|
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|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2019.101608|
|Online||22 Oct 2019|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||18 Oct 2019|
|Deposited||08 Nov 2021|
|Copyright holder||© 2020 Elsevier|
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