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ERIC Number: EJ1070755
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1324-1486
Outdoor Education and Bush Adventure Therapy: A Socio-Ecological Approach to Health and Wellbeing
Pryor, Anita; Carpenter, Cathryn; Townsend, Mardie
Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, v9 n1 p3-13 2005
Together, outdoor education and bush adventure therapy can be seen to constitute a population-wide health intervention strategy. Whether in educational or therapeutic settings, the intentional use of contact with nature, small groups, and adventure provides a unique approach in the promotion of health and wellbeing for the general population, and for individuals with identified health vulnerabilities. This paper explicitly emphasises human and social health, however, an integral assumption is that a healthy and sustainable environment is dependent on healthy human relationships with nature. We invite outdoor educators and bush adventure therapy practitioners to examine the proposition that healthy interactions with nature can create a unique stream of socio-ecological interventions. A spectrum of outdoor adventure programs is provided, allowing outdoor educators and bush adventure therapy practitioners to locate their work according to program context and aims, and participant aims and needs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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