Innocence abroad: a pocket guide to psychological research on tourism

Am Psychol. 2005 Sep;60(6):593-600. doi: 10.1037/0003-066X.60.6.593.


This article introduces tourism as a neglected topic of study for psychologists and discusses how ventures into this area provide opportunities for pioneering research and innovative applications. A coherent body of theory, drawn from experimental, social, and health psychology and synthesized by cross-cultural psychologists for the study of acculturation, is presented as one foundation for this area of inquiry. This includes stress and coping, culture learning, and social identification theories. The conceptual frameworks are applied to the interpretation of selected studies of tourism and are recommended for designing prospective investigations and guiding future research.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acculturation
  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Awareness*
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Humans
  • Psychological Theory*
  • Social Behavior
  • Social Identification
  • Stress, Psychological / complications
  • Travel*