ERIC Number: EJ1168207
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Promoting Adolescent Health and Well-Being through Outdoor Youth Programs: Results from a Multisite Australian Study
Rose, Lauren; Williams, Ian R.; Olsson, Craig A.; Allen, Nicholas B.
Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, v10 n1 p33-51 2018
The purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which participation in structured outdoor programs is associated with improvements in adolescent health and well-being. Students (n = 160) were recruited from three secondary schools in Victoria, Australia. Adolescents completed online surveys 3 weeks before camp (Time 1), 1 week before camp (Time 2), and 1 week after camp (Time 3). Positive changes were observed on some indicators of emotional well-being (fear and self-efficacy), as well as peer and school connectedness. No camp effects were found for depression, aggression, well-being, friend connectedness, teacher connectedness, and nature connectedness. Results support the view that structured outdoor programs may have a beneficial effect on well-being. However, effects were not ubiquitous (they were domain specific), which warrants further investigation.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adolescents, Health Promotion, Well Being, Outdoor Education, Youth Programs, Recreational Activities, Online Surveys, Secondary School Students, Program Effectiveness, Emotional Development, Peer Relationship, Student School Relationship, Depression (Psychology), Aggression, Friendship, Teacher Student Relationship, Natural Resources, Self Efficacy, Questionnaires, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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