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ERIC Number: ED367934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 8
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The Effect of a Camp Experience on Self Esteem.
Dorian, Alexia Eve
Two groups of American adolescents of Greek descent (12-15 year olds N=90 and 16-18 year olds N=166) at an Orthodox Christian Camp in Greece responded to the Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale (1965). Campers took the test on the first day of camp (pretest) and then two weeks later at the camp's conclusion (posttest). All subjects showed a significant increase in self-esteem scores at the end of their camp experience with the older group scoring slightly higher on both the pre- and posttests. Improved self-esteem scores might arise from: (1) the various therapeutic elements of the camp; (2) the independence felt from an extended stay away from home; (3) campers responding favorably to the demand characteristics of the camp; or (4) an initial suppression of self-esteem among campers at the camp's onset caused by separation anxiety. These factors could also explain differences in test scores between the two groups when one realizes that the older children were more prepared for introspection and self-exploration than the younger campers. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Greece