The nature of peak experience in wilderness

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dc.contributor.author McDonald, MG
dc.contributor.author Wearing, SL
dc.contributor.author Ponting, J
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-16T04:58:50Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation The Humanistic Psychologist, 2009, 32 (2), pp. 121 - 139
dc.identifier.issn 0887-3267
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/11843
dc.description.abstract This study sought to identify the distinctive elements of wilderness settings that contribute to triggering peak experiences. Thirty-nine participants who had visited wilderness areas were recruited using a voluntary wilderness registration system operated by the Victorian National Parks Service, Australia. Using a postal survey, participants were asked to provide a written response to an open-ended question requesting them to describe, in their own words, a peak experience in the wilderness. A conventional approach to qualitative content analysis of the participants descriptions revealed that the aesthetic qualities of the wilderness setting and being away from the pressures, people, distractions, and concerns of the human-made world were key elements in their peak experiences. To gain an understanding of this phenomenon, the concept and theory of restorative environments was applied to the participants experiences. This analysis indicates that wilderness settings provide a mix of aesthetic pleasure and renewal that can lead to a triggering of peak experiences that provides the basis for individual spiritual expression.
dc.publisher Routledge/Taylor & Francis
dc.relation.hasversion Accepted manuscript version en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1007/s00267-008-9124-4
dc.rights This is an electronic version of an article published in McDonald, Matthew G., Wearing, Stephen., and Ponting, Jess. (2009). The Nature of Peak Experience in Wilderness. The Humanistic Psychologist, Vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 370 — 385. The Humanistic Psychologist is avaliable online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08873260701828912 en_US
dc.title The nature of peak experience in wilderness
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent The Humanistic Psychologist
dc.journal.volume 2
dc.journal.volume 32
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation Kentucky, USA en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 121 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 139 en_US
dc.cauo.name BUS.School of Leisure, Sport and Tourism en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 150404 Sport and Leisure Management
dc.personcode 856692
dc.personcode 010287
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Sport and Leisure Management en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
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dc.description.keywords NA en_US
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business/School of Management
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Cosmopolitan Civil Societies
utslib.copyright.status Open Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:23:47.074767+10
utslib.collection.history General (ID: 2)
utslib.collection.history School of Management (ID: 329)


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