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ERIC Number: EJ1070004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1324-1486
The Enhancement of Resilience via a Wilderness Therapy Program. A Preliminary Investigation
Gillespie, E.; Allen-Craig, Sandy
Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, v13 n1 p39-49 2009
This paper presents the findings of a recent preliminary study into the effects of a wilderness therapy program on the resilience of male youth at-risk. The study focused on participants who completed a wilderness therapy program at Typo Station. The residential program involved a five-week stay at the Typo Station property in north east Victoria, during which young men participated in hands-on group and one-on-one activities, community involvement, wilderness experiences including a 10-day hike, and simple pioneer-style living. The program is designed to build the life skills and resilience of male adolescents who are considered at-risk of future negative life outcomes. The study used two questionnaires to evaluate 19 participants before, during, and after the program. The questionnaires measured resilience and protective factors of resilience. Results showed that the participants' resilience and protective factors both significantly increased following the program. Results also showed that from pre-test to post-test. The results of the resilience and protective factors suggest that Typo Station's program can help at-risk participants build upon skills and factors that may help them develop resilience to overcome risks and avoid negative outcomes in the future. The paper concludes that this study gives strong preliminary support for the use of wilderness therapy as an intervention to help strengthen protective factors and increase resilience in male adolescents considered at-risk.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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