PhD thesis that sets to explore whether social tourism holds any particular psychological benefits for unemployed individuals in Great Britain, and the extent to which, such benefits have, in turn, positive effects on their job-search behaviour (JSB). This study examines the psychological benefits of tourism participation within the context of self-efficacy beliefs. Results showed that the holiday-break had positive effects on participants’ SE, which, in turn, had positive effects on their JSB. Overall, findings confirmed the central role of enabling environments in positive mental health, and offered some “tangible” evidence about direct linkages between individual psychological benefits that social tourism holds for participants, and socioeconomic benefits, thus, giving a new insight into the debate on social tourism in the UK, and providing important implications for policy.
Keywords: UK; Family Holiday Association; unemployment; low income