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The impact of an outdoor adventure program on positive adolescent development: a controlled crossover trial

IR Williams, LM Rose, MB Raniti, J Waloszek, P Dudgeon, CA Olsson, GC Patton, NB Allen

Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education | Published : 2018


This paper describes a quasi-experimental crossover trial of an outdoor adventure program for Year 9 school students in Australia. Previous studies have reported a range of positive outcomes of outdoor camps and adventure programs, but cautious interpretation of some claims may be warranted due to limitations in research methods. This study examines a purpose-designed, seven-day outdoor adventure program intended to promote positive adjustment in young people. A total of 335 participants (aged 14–16 years) were recruited from across two Victorian secondary schools. In year 1 (2015), students from school A were recruited to the outdoor program while students from school B were recruited to a ..

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