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ERIC Number: ED438489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar-30
Pages: 34
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Connectedness and Development--A Theory. Is Ecopsychology the Answer to Emotional Well-Being?
Feral, Crystal-Helen
To help mitigate the impact of multi-environmental degradation, the model program for emotionally at-risk children that uses nature to enhance emotional well-being (or intellect) has been constructed, implemented and researched. The six sessions that compose the program are designed to impart social-emotional understanding and prime perceptions by vicarious observance of, and interactive participation with, nature. It was hypothesized that using nature extensively in a therapeutic model would reduce the stressful impact of life and, as a result, positive emotional well-being would be evident. Based on the Piers-Harris self-concept scale and on person drawings, the students demonstrated a post-program increase in self-esteem (p<.001), happiness, educational status, and emotional development (p<.001). They also demonstrated improved perceptual skills, self-efficacy, empathy, and a significant reduction in aggression. This research offers a conceptual definition of ecopsychology, supports a new theory of development that challenges the ideation of the isolated self, and affirms that a child's psyche is part of a vast synergistic model of connections. (Contains 104 references.) (GCP)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Piers Harris Childrens Self Concept Scale