Promoting adolescent health and wellbeing through outdoor youth programs: results from a multi-site Australian study

Rose, Lauren, Williams, Ian R., Olsson, Craig A. and Allen, Nicholas B. 2018, Promoting adolescent health and wellbeing through outdoor youth programs: results from a multi-site Australian study, Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership (JOREL), vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 33-51, doi: 10.18666/JOREL-2018-V10-I1-8087.

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Title Promoting adolescent health and wellbeing through outdoor youth programs: results from a multi-site Australian study
Author(s) Rose, Lauren
Williams, Ian R.
Olsson, Craig A.ORCID iD for Olsson, Craig A. orcid.org/0000-0002-5927-2014
Allen, Nicholas B.
Journal name Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership (JOREL)
Volume number 10
Issue number 1
Start page 33
End page 51
Total pages 19
Publisher Sagamore Publishing
Place of publication Bowling Green, Ky.
Publication date 2018
ISSN 1948-5123
Keyword(s) Australia
outdoor youth programs
well-being
adolescent
methodology
Summary 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
Language eng
DOI 10.18666/JOREL-2018-V10-I1-8087
Field of Research 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, Sagamore Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30106765

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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