A longitudinal study of wellbeing in charity challenge participants

Amanda Coghlan, Anthony Venning

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Charity challenges, or adventure travel for a cause, may offer participants some of the empirically tested pathways to increased wellbeing. The working paper explores potential links between charity challenge participation and four wellbeing constructs: affective, conative, cognitive and life satisfaction. Participants in a mental health charity challenge were asked to complete an online questionnaire before (N=54), immediately after (n=17), and one month following the event (n=10). Comparisons with the general population suggest that participants fall into a “normal” mental health range, and that cycling is indeed important to their positive functioning. Positive measures of mental health increased immediately after the event but declined one month post-event, and gender differences also existed. The results suggest more research is needed to fully capitalise on the potential links between charity challenges and wellbeing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCAUTHE 2015
Subtitle of host publicationRising Tides and Sea Changes: Adaptation and Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality
EditorsE. Wilson, M. Witsel
Place of PublicationQueensland
PublisherSouthern Cross University
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780987050762
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015
EventCAUTHE 2015: Rising Tides and Sea Changes: Adaptation and Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality - Southern Cross University, Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 2 Feb 20155 Feb 2015
Conference number: 25th


ConferenceCAUTHE 2015
Abbreviated titleCAUTHE 2015
CityGold Coast
Internet address


  • Tourism
  • Well-being
  • Positive psychology
  • Charities
  • Fund raising


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