Positive growth and change of personal values in solo unsupported and unassisted expedition to the South Pole A case study

Jelena Mustapic * and Slavica Zeger **

(*) Mental Health & Wellness Department,Fawzia Sultan Healthcare Network, Salmya, Kuwait
(**) Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb Horvacanski zavoj, Zagreb, Croatia

Citation

Mustapic, J., Zeger, S. (2021). Positive growth and change of personal values in solo unsupported and unassisted expedition to the South Pole A case study. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 52(4), 369-380. doi:10.7352/IJSP.2021.52.369

Abstract

The present case study assessed stability of personal values and post-return positive growth experiences of a 36-year-old Croatian male who successfully completed a 47-days solo unsupported and unassisted expedition to the South Pole. PVQ was administered at three time points, while PTGI was administered at two time points to measure possible changes in personal values and personal growth over time as a result of participating in the polar expedition. Personal values of Universalism and Self-Direction were the highest rated over the course of the expedition; significant increase in the Benevolence value, and decrease in the Tradition and Conformity values was noted in post-expedition and 6-month follow-up period. As a result of participating in the polar expedition, perceptions of considerable positive growth were found over time, as well as endorsements of positive experiences.

Keywords: Antarctica, Extreme environment, Polar expedition, Personal values, Positive growth.


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