Significados do Caminho de Santiago
: análise das perceções de peregrinos

  • Joana Patrícia Archer Santos (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The present study aimed to analyze the meanings attributed by pilgrims to the pilgrimage process, as well as the changes resulting from the realization of the Camino de Santiago. This study had 31 participants (19 female subjects and 12 male subjects, with ages between 16 and 52 years old, M= 32.9, SD = 10.7), and the data collection took place through a semi-structured interview. For data analysis purposes, content analysis was used. For the purposes of the data analysis, was used the speech analysis. The results of this study illustrate that the main meanings attributed to the pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago are related to disconnection with daily life, discovery and search (for oneself, the other and the world), spirituality, cooperation and persistence. It was also found that learning, obtaining a direction for their lives and change, were the aspects that stood out the most in the transformative experience. In fact, the results obtained highlighted the importance of interpersonal relationships and the value attributed to them, as well as the benefits adjacent to this pilgrimage. This study contributed with new data regarding the meanings attributed by pilgrims to the Camino de Santiago, as well as with implications in the field of Psychology, highlighting the importance of activities that promote the promotion of mental health.
Date of Award2021
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorLuísa Mota Ribeiro (Supervisor) & Mariana Barbosa (Co-Supervisor)


  • Pilgrimage
  • Way of St. James
  • Meanings
  • Transformative experience


  • Mestrado em Psicologia

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