The therapeutic value of pilgrimage: a grounded theory study

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Warfield, Heather A., Baker, Stanley B. and Parikh Foxx, Sejal B.. 2014. "The therapeutic value of pilgrimage: a grounded theory study." Mental Health, Religion and Culture. 17 (8), pp. 860-875. https://doi.org/10.1080/13674676.2014.936845
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The therapeutic value of pilgrimage: a grounded theory study

ERA Journal ID39869
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsWarfield, Heather A. (Author), Baker, Stanley B. (Author) and Parikh Foxx, Sejal B. (Author)
Journal TitleMental Health, Religion and Culture
Journal Citation17 (8), pp. 860-875
Number of Pages16
Year2014
Place of PublicationAbingdon, OX. United Kingdom
ISSN1367-4676
1469-9737
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13674676.2014.936845
Abstract

The purpose of this constructivist grounded theory study was to explore the therapeutic value of pilgrimage journeys. Ten participants representing diverse pilgrimage experiences were interviewed about their particular journeys. The interview protocol was based on previous pilgrimage scholarship, psychological theory, and extrapolated data from the participants. The interview transcripts were coded and analysed by three independent coders. After the establishment and validation of the initial, focused, axial, and theoretical codes, the investigators posited an emerging grounded theory that pilgrimage is therapeutic in biological, psychological, social, and spiritual ways.

Keywordspilgrimage; mental health; religion; travel; tourism; therapeutic
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020500405. Religion, society and culture
520504. Psychology of religion
520399. Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsNorth Carolina State University, United States
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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