The therapeutic value of pilgrimage: a grounded theory study

Warfield, Heather A. and 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. ISSN 1367-4676


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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 Taylor & Francis. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology, Counselling and Community
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2014 20:37
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2015 05:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: pilgrimage; mental health; religion; travel; tourism; therapeutic
Fields of Research : 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170111 Psychology of Religion
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2014.936845

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