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Title: Using a walking group to feel better : the healing balm effect
Author: Priest, Penelope Ann.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3501 4654
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2005
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This is a qualitative study, drawing on methods from grounded theory and ethnography, exploring the experience of members of a mental health day service walking group. Particular attention was paid to the psychological benefits of the physical activity, the outdoor environment and the social setting. Data were collected over a period of 10 weeks, via participant observation, interviews and a group discussion, and analysed using a grounded theory approach. The results are presented in terms of an overall model, The Healing Balm Effect, incorporating seven categories, which describe seven aspects of being in the walking group which help people to feel better: Closer to What is More Natural; Feeling Safe; Being Part; Striving; Getting Away; Being Me; Finding Meaning. These seven aspects operate on a number of levels, in a number of ways, according to individual needs. The clinical relevance of these findings is discussed, alongside methodological issues.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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