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The efficacy of wilderness programs with "at risk" adolescents


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Lan, Paul Garon 2002 , 'The efficacy of wilderness programs with "at risk" adolescents', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This document reviews literature regarding the effectiveness of adolescent wilderness
programs as an intervention strategy with at-risk adolescents. It begins by exploring
definitions of adolescence, the concept of adolescent risk, and briefly overviews Sveen's
(1995) theoretical eclectic model of adolescent wilderness intervention (adapted from
Walter and Marks' 1981 eclectic model of human functioning). An appraisal of the
efficacy of wilderness programs with adolescents then follows. The accumulated
evidence indicates positive effects of wilderness programs in areas such as self-concept,
self-esteem, social skills, self-responsibility, and self-control. However, this evidence is
presented with the caveat of the intrinsic difficulties particular to evaluating these types
of programs, and individual studies and meta-analytic studies are used to illustrate
substantive and methodological issues in the evaluation of wilderness programs.
Suggestions for future research are presented with the aim of minimising the difficulties
of previous research.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Lan, Paul Garon
Keywords: Adolescent psychology, Self-management (Psychology) for teenagers, Deviant behavior, Self-perception in adolescence
Copyright Holders: The Author
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Thesis (M.Psych.)--University of Tasmania, 2002. Includes bibliographical references

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