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ERIC Number: ED342584
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Family Adventure Questionnaire: Results and Discussion.
Gillis, H. L.; And Others
This article presents the results of a survey conducted with 44 adventure programs working with families. Results of the survey show that the majority of families served by family adventure programs are step families. The source of the programs' primary referrals were mental health or medical staff. Programs reported that they worked almost exclusively (90%) in a multi-family format. The average family adventure program had been in existence for a little more than 3 years. Most family adventure programs worked with a specific hospital or treatment center (69%). Most of the programs (70%) characterized themselves as being therapeutic in function. The majority of adventure sessions are between 1 and 4 hours in length and last for only one session. Sixty percent of the total program time was spent on ropes course activities. The top three goals of the programs were increasing communication skills, gaining insight into family dynamics, and building trust. An average of 39% of the clients paid an extra fee for participation in the adventure portion of the program. Of the programs surveyed, 81% reported staff with at least master's degrees. Only 14% of the programs reported that research had been conducted on their program. Four program formats emerged from the survey. These categories are: (1) recreation; (2) enrichment; (3) adjunctive therapy; and (4) primary therapy. A major concern resulting from the survey is that "cross training" of staff in family therapy and adventure programming is questionable. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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