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Holidays against depression? An Ethiopian Australian initiative

Filep, Sebastian and Bereded-Samuel, Elleni (2012) Holidays against depression? An Ethiopian Australian initiative. Current Issues in Tourism, 15 (3). pp. 281-285. ISSN 1368-3500 (print), 1747-7603 (online)

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Tourism is an engine of economic growth, but its capacity to contribute to good health is only starting to be documented. This paper describes a forthcoming research project with the Ethiopian immigrant community in the Australian state of Victoria. The project aims to discover if writing about positive holiday experiences that involve visits to friends and relatives improves the community’s mental health – alleviates depression levels and increases levels of happiness. The role of holidays in improving mental health is of increasing interest to the tourism industry. This research note highlights the importance of understanding the benefits of holidays for individual well-being; this paper outlines a methodological approach for investigating these benefits.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID24071, ResPubID25743, mental health, positive psychology, happiness, tourism, Ethiopians, Victoria
Subjects: Current > FOR Classification > 1506 Tourism
Current > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 9003 Tourism
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Tourism and Services Research (CTSR)
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2012 07:30
Last Modified: 22 May 2020 01:23
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