ERIC Number: ED386001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Success of Emotionally Disturbed Adolescents in a Therapeutic Wilderness Program.
Barker, Ann S.
A study was conducted to determine whether long-term residential therapeutic wilderness programming best serves males or females. The Hope Center Wilderness Programs in east Texas use a reality therapy-based peer group culture. Forty emotionally disturbed and juvenile delinquent youths were surveyed, 20 of each gender. On an 11-item questionnaire, students indicated that the areas the wilderness program helped them with most were, in rank order, communicating with family, controlling temper, staying out of legal trouble, school, and remaining drug free. No significant gender difference was found in participants' success in the program. Boys had a higher rate of serious incidents and were more likely to be on probation or parole. Adolescents in placement as well as their families believed that they benefitted from treatment through the wilderness programs. Appendices include a brochure describing the Hope Center's Wilderness Programs and the study questionnaire. (Contains 18 references.) (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A