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Tourism and autism: Journeys of mixed emotions

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posted on 2022-02-22, 12:16 authored by Diane Sedgley, Annette Pritchard, Nigel Morgan, Paul HannaPaul Hanna
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.


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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

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