Post-expedition growth

Whether it is mountaineering in the Himalayas, Antarctic expeditions or trekking across the Sahara, people go to extreme lengths to push the limits of the human body.

“Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all” – Ernest Shackleton

In this programme of research, led by Dr Nathan Smith (Psyched4Sport), we have been exploring psychological growth following stressful life experiences.  Answering questions such as:

  • To what extent do expeditions lead to positive psychological outcomes?
  • What is the relationship between a person’s personality characteristics and their experience of post-expedition growth?
  • To what extent do lessons learnt during an expedition transfer when returning to everyday life?

Some of our early findings are summarised in the following report:

Responses to the expedition experience: Research report