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Accessible tourism and its benefits for coping with stress

Moura, Andreia Filipa Antunes; Kastenholz, Elisabeth; Pereira, Anabela Maria Sousa

Journal of policy research in tourism, leisure & events. Volume 10:Number 3 (2018, September 2nd); pp 241-264 -- Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

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  • Title:
    Accessible tourism and its benefits for coping with stress
  • Author: Moura, Andreia Filipa Antunes;
    Kastenholz, Elisabeth;
    Pereira, Anabela Maria Sousa
  • Found In: Journal of policy research in tourism, leisure & events. Volume 10:Number 3 (2018, September 2nd); pp 241-264
  • Journal Title: Journal of policy research in tourism, leisure & events
  • Subjects: Consumption (Economics)--Social aspects--Periodicals; Tourism--Research--Periodicals; Accessible tourism--stress-coping--disability--social tourism--health and wellness; Dewey: 338.4791
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Publication Details: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
  • Abstract: ABSTRACT:

    The present study had two main objectives: (i) to understand the relationship between tourism and stress-coping for individuals with disabilities, and (ii) to develop an empirical basis for therapeutic purposes and for improving new tourism products and policies, in a biopsychosocial framework. An empirical study was conducted using participants with disabilities ( N  = 306) who were assessed with the Leisure Coping Scale adapted to the Accessible Tourism context. The positive influence of tourism on these individuals' biopsychosocial dimensions of stress-coping is identified and discussed. Results suggest that accessible tourism should be recognized as a new stress-coping resource for disabled people, supporting the rebalancing of their personal and social resources, positively contributing to their health and well-being. These findings provide further evidence for the development of new tourism products targeted to a population with special needs, and for accurate policies of alternative therapeutic interventions in the context of their rehabilitation.


  • Identifier: System Number: ETOCvdc_100067731899.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 1940-7963; 10.1080/19407963.2017.1409750
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100067731899.0x000001

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