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dc.contributor.advisorHagelman, Ron
dc.contributor.authorSeal, Kathleen D. ( )
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-16T22:30:50Z
dc.date.available2015-02-16T22:30:50Z
dc.date.issued2014-11
dc.identifier.citationSeal, K. D. (2014). Value, meaning and therapeutic notions of the Appalachian Trail (Unpublished dissertation). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/5455
dc.description.abstractScholarship concerning therapeutic landscapes consider multiple dimensions of a therapeutic experience including physical, emotional, social and spiritual renewal. The Appalachian Trail was proposed by forester Benton MacKaye to provide an opportunity for recreation, recuperation and a place to seek physical and spiritual renewal. People who hike the entire 2,180-mile trail in one continuous hike (i.e. “thru-hikers) describe the trail through emotional, cultural, social and spiritual characteristics of their personal experience. The purpose of my study is to discover the meanings that characterize the trail’s landscape and how the thru-hiking experience reveals therapeutic notions of the Appalachian Trail’s landscape. A qualitative approach was utilized through surveys and semi-structured interviews. Results indicate experiential themes illuminating hikers’ perceptions of place and the therapeutic value of the Appalachian Trail thru-hiking experience.
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dc.format.extent223 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectTherapeutic landscapes
dc.subjectAppalachian Trail
dc.subjectSense of place
dc.subject.lcshHiking--Appalachian Trailen_US
dc.subject.lcshNature--Psychological aspectsen_US
dc.subject.lcshLandscapes--Psychological aspectsen_US
dc.subject.lcshHiking--Psychological aspectsen_US
dc.titleValue, Meaning and Therapeutic Notions of the Appalachian Trail
txstate.documenttypeDissertation
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLu, Yongmei
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGiordano, Alberto
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMcKinney, Audrey
thesis.degree.departmentGeography
thesis.degree.disciplineGeography
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
txstate.departmentGeography


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