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ERIC Number: EJ967585
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1053-8259
An Exploratory Study of a Wilderness Adventure Program for Young Offenders
Russell, Keith C.; Walsh, Michael Allen
Journal of Experiential Education, v33 n4 p398-401 Spr 2011
During the past 50 years, wilderness and adventure programs have been utilized as a therapeutic intervention for adolescents involved in America's juvenile justice systems. The program that is the focus of this research project is the Wilderness Endeavors Program, a correctional wilderness and adventure program for youthful offenders in the state of Minnesota. The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine the contributions of perceived self-efficacy, resilience, and hope in youthful offenders who participate in a wilderness adventure program, and to understand how these contributions impact future recidivism. The study is framed in a base of literature that proposes that wilderness and adventure experiences for adolescents enhance self-competency through wilderness and adventure-based travel in remote environments in an intense social milieu, which leads to the development of intra- and interpersonal skills strongly linked to the concept of resiliency, which leads to an enhanced sense of hope for adolescents that they can overcome certain challenges in their lives, which ultimately results in a reduction of recidivism after the completion of the wilderness experience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota