ERIC Number: ED352228
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Outcomes of Adventure Program Participation by Adolescents Involved in Psychiatric Treatment.
Witman, Jeffrey P.
The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of adventure program participation upon adolescents in psychiatric treatment. All adventure programs included goal setting, awareness, cooperative and trust activities, and group and individual problem-solving. Participants' total hours of program participation ranged from 8-22 hours. A random sample of 42 program participants at 12 residential sites (hospitals, treatment centers) were individually interviewed by program leaders a week following the conclusion of their adventure experiences. The purpose of the interview was to identify the extent to which participants had shared the experience with others and had applied the attitudes and skills gained in the program. Results indicate that participants reported communicating about the adventure experience with peers (71.4%), family (57.1%), staff (28.6%), and others (11.9%). Only 7.1% did not communicate with anyone. All but one of the participants reported applications of the adventure experience in other life situations. The contexts of these applications included other treatment (66.7%), interaction with peers (47.6%), self-awareness (23.8%), and interaction with family (16.7%). This study suggests that adventure program participation both complements and supplements psychiatric treatment in changing attitudes, affect, and behavior of adolescents in psychiatric treatment. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Coalition for Education in the Outdoors, Cortland, NY.
Note: In: Henderson, Karla A., Ed. Coalition for Education in the Outdoors. Research Symposium Proceedings (Bradford Woods, IN, January 17-19, 1992); see RC 018 876.