Affective and coping responses to quarantine hotel stays

Pratt, Stephen, and Tolkach, Denis (2022) Affective and coping responses to quarantine hotel stays. Stress and Health, 38 (4). pp. 692-707.

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During the outbreak of COVID-19, many travellers had to quarantine upon arrival to their destination, often at designated hotels and usually for two weeks. Quarantine, as any type of isolation, is often emotionally challenging. This study applies the transactional theory of stress to explore guests' experiences during the hotel quarantine, the cognitive appraisals of their experiences and affective responses, and the coping strategies they deploy to address adverse mental effects of the quarantine. Data from in-depth interviews with quarantine hotel guests demonstrates that guests experience a rollercoaster of moods and emotions during their stay, moving from uncertainty and anxiety to isolation and boredom to despair and depression, and finally to relief and optimism. These hotel guests used a range of coping styles to alter the perceived space and time in quarantine, address social isolation as well as negative emotions and moods. These findings have important implications for tourism, hospitality, and health professionals in managing travel, accommodation, and quarantine arrangements during a crisis.

Item ID: 71262
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1532-2998
Keywords: coping, COVID‐19, emotions, hotel experience, mental health, quarantine, stress
Copyright Information: © 2022 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2022 02:34
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350806 Tourist behaviour and visitor experience @ 60%
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology > 520401 Cognition @ 40%
SEO Codes: 11 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 1104 Tourism services > 110402 Socio-cultural issues in tourism @ 60%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology @ 40%
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