The lasting impacts of outdoor adventure residential experiences on young people

Prince, Heather ORCID logo ORCID: (2020) The lasting impacts of outdoor adventure residential experiences on young people. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 21 (3). pp. 261-276.

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Evidence from four retrospective empirical research studies on lasting impacts (> 12 months) of outdoor residential experiences for young people in the UK since 2015 are examined through a form of systematic review of papers and datasets. Thematic and comparative analysis identified lasting impacts as: self-confidence, independence and communication. Respondents also identified confidence, teamwork, life skills, intra-personal skills and the take up of new opportunities/activities as the impacts of use in young people’s lives since their residential experience.  A steps of change process within a theory of change model is used to examine the causal chains and attributes influencing outcomes.  The intensity and challenge of the outdoor adventure residentials, and the power of groups, influence lasting impacts.  These findings from large datasets across a range of contexts have implications for funders and policy makers for the provision of outdoor adventure residentials for young people.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge) for Institute for Outdoor Learning
ISSN: 1754-0402
Departments: Academic Departments > Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies (SNROS) > Outdoor Studies
Depositing User: Heather Prince
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2020 08:53
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2024 16:31


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