Celebrate the Trail to Recovery: Power of the positive post-diagnosis of cancer

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Justin Harmon, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This paper explored how those in treatment for cancer, or in remission from it, benefitted from participation in a weekly hiking program. Fredrickson’s (2001) broaden-and-build concept was used to structure and demonstrate the ability of participants to create and store positive emotions from their experiences hiking with fellow survivors of cancer. The broaden-and-build concept embraces aspects of social support, posttraumatic growth, life course development, and subjective well-being, thus suggesting its value in articulating the positive growth of those who participated in the program and this study. Through semi-structured interviews, survivors of cancer shared stories about their participation in the hiking program, and how it was beneficial to their recovery process and discovery of their “new normal.”

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International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure. (1)3, 215-226. doi: 10.1007/s41978-018-0014-x
Language: English
Date: 2018
Cancer, Leisure, Positive psychology, Nature

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