Tourism and autism: Journeys of mixed emotions
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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 phe-nomenological 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.
Annals of Tourism Research
Sedgley, D., Pritchard, A., Morgan, N. and Hanna, P. (2017) 'Tourism and autism: Journeys of mixed emotions', Annals of Tourism Research, 66, pp.14-25.
Article published in Annals of Tourism Research available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2017.05.009
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
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