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A Phenomenological Study on the Role of Leisure in Post-traumatic Growth of Firefighters

  • Journal of Tourism Sciences
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2019, 43(1), pp.179-204
  • DOI : 10.17086/JTS.2019.43.1.179.204
  • Publisher : The Tourism Sciences Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Social Science > Tourism
  • Received : September 14, 2018
  • Accepted : December 18, 2018
  • Published : January 1, 2019

LEE BO-MI 1

1세종대학교

Excellent Accredited

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to understand the role of leisure in the process of post-traumatic growth in firefighters. In-depth interviewing was employed to explore the characteristics of post-traumatic growth for 10 firefighters who had more than 10 years of work experience and who participated in a leisure activity more than three times a week. The results of thematic analysis revealed that leisure influenced at least four aspects of life experience, directly related to four emergent themes: (1) seeking to restore mind and body, (2) finding importance in everyday life, (3) finding meaning in the job, and (4) continuing personal distress and growth often coexist. Participants sought personally meaningful activities to make sense of their lives and to find meaning in everyday life. This study found a vital role of meaningful engagement in activities for experiencing post-traumatic growth. Implications for further research and practice are discussed.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.