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Collecting Away Their Suffering: Meaningful Hobbies and the Processing of Traumatic Experience
by Feller, Ray, Psy.D., Antioch University, 2011, 92; 10807672
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined the relationship between trauma and meaningful hobbies. I combined the scholarship on collecting with the broader research on leisure, coping, and posttraumatic growth to explore how meaningful collections may have helped victims metabolize their traumatic experiences. I interviewed self-selected trauma survivors who felt that they had a collection that was related to a traumatic experience. Through qualitative interviews and interpretative phenomenological analysis, I explored collectors' experiences with trauma and hobbies. The purpose of this study is to better understand the retrospective connections people make between their chosen hobbies and the trauma they have experienced. This study could potentially have implications for treating survivors of trauma.

Indexing (document details)
Commitee: Fauth, James, Junno, David, Mangione, Lorraine
School: Antioch University
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-B 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Collecting, Hobbies, Leisure, Posttraumatic growth, Resilience, Trauma
Publication Number: 10807672
ISBN: 978-0-355-84275-3
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