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Title: How does adventure sport tourism enhance well-being? A conceptual model
Authors: Mackenzie, SH
Hodge, K
Filep, S 
Issue Date: 2023
Source: Tourism recreation research, 2023, v. 48, no. 1, p. 3-16
Abstract: Sport tourism literature has paid limited attention to the psychological well-being benefits derived from participating in this form of tourism. This is especially the case for adventure sport tourism, which is characterised by travel to a destination to participate in an adventure sport event, such as competitive surfing or mountain biking. Through an analysis of the contemporary literature regarding adventure sport, tourism, and psychological well-being, we propose a conceptual model of the psychological processes underlying well-being outcomes for adventure sport tourists. The conceptual model explains how adventure sport tourism participation affects hedonic and eudaimonic psychological well-being via the satisfaction of basic psychological needs (autonomy, competence, relatedness) and nature connectedness. We argue that this conceptual model has the potential to advance knowledge in relation to the theory, practice, and design of adventure sport tourism. We outline research propositions emanating from the conceptual model and directions for future research on adventure sport tourism and psychological well-being.
Keywords: Sport tourism
Adventure tourism
Psychological well-being
Nature connectedness
Self-determination theory
Publisher: Centre for Tourism Research & Development
Journal: Tourism recreation research 
ISSN: 0250-8281
EISSN: 2320-0308
DOI: 10.1080/02508281.2021.1894043
Rights: © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Tourism Recreation Research on 16 Mar 2021 (Published online), available online:
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