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Tourism and autism: journeys of mixed emotions

Sedgley, D, Pritchard, A, Morgan, N and Hanna, Paul (2017) Tourism and autism: journeys of mixed emotions Annals of Tourism Research, 66. pp. 14-25.

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Abstract

There is an evolving tourism literature around psychological wellbeing, social exclusion and disability. This paper advances tourism knowledge into the terrain of psychological health and developmental complexities, and psychological distress. It draws on a phenomenological position to understand the lived experiences of mothers of children with developmental difficulties, in this case diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It discusses the emotional and everyday challenges of caring for a child diagnosed with ASD on holiday, discusses the perceived benefits holidays offer and outlines care-giving strategies adopted by mothers to manage their children’s tourism experiences. The paper discusses the uniqueness of the context of autism and problematizes popular discourses, which predominantly frame tourism as pleasurable settings of escape, stimulation, novelty and relaxation.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Sedgley, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pritchard, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Morgan, NUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hanna, Paulp.hanna@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 9 June 2017
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2017.05.009
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords : disability; care-giving; mothers; children; well-being; mental health
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 20 Jun 2017 13:01
Last Modified : 20 Jun 2017 13:01
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/841440

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