Title

The Effectiveness of Project Adventure's Behavior Management Programs for Male Offenders in Residential Treatment.

Abstract

Recent studies analyzing juvenile delinquents participating in wilderness therapy programs have reported little statistical effectiveness. Interpretation of these findings may be unjustified due to definitional confusion more than a clear examination of program effectiveness. Using a research methodology similar to Jones, Lowe, and Risler (2004), this study demonstrates the statistically significant three-year effectiveness of an adventure-based behavior management program (BMtA) with juvenile re-arrest rates when compared to outdoor therapeutic camping programs and standard Youth Development Center (YDC) programs in the State of Georgia. The article also offers clarity concerning the range and types of adventure therapy programs and treatment differences. It further highlights the importance of understanding intervention/treatment fidelity in adventure therapy programs, particularly regarding program settings and key clinical factors.

Publication Date

11-5-2008

Journal Title

Residential Treatment for Children and Youth

Publisher

Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1080/08865710802429689

Document Type

Article

Rights

© 2008 by The Haworth Press. All rights reserved.