ERIC Number: EJ1058750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
Strengthening Families: Exploring the Impacts of Family Camp Experiences on Family Functioning and Parenting
Garst, Barry A.; Baughman, Sarah; Franz, Nancy K.; Seidel, Richard W.
Journal of Experiential Education, v36 n1 p65-77 Mar 2013
Research suggests that family camp experiences can enhance family relationships. Families often participate in family camp experiences for a vacation, as part of a therapeutic and/or intervention strategy, or to gain general enrichment or engagement. To better understand the impacts of family camp experiences on family functioning, a mixed-methods study was conducted with 60 families across 18 camps. Respondents shared that family camp experiences benefit families because of the positive impacts of the camp staff, parenting reinforcement, and enhancement of family relationships, with 60% of respondents indicating that family camp experiences reinforced good parenting and 86% of respondents indicating that the family camp experience reinforced family relationships. Recommendations for future research and practice are provided.
Descriptors: Family Relationship, Intervention, Mixed Methods Research, Parenting Skills, Child Rearing, Program Effectiveness, Recreational Activities, Outdoor Education, Skill Development, Spiritual Development, Health Promotion, Surveys, Resident Camp Programs, Day Camp Programs, Motivation, Attitude Measures
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia; West Virginia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Family Environment Scale