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The effects of a short term therapeutic camping experience on raising the self-concept of drug abusing delinquent adolescents

The effects of a short term therapeutic camping experience on raising the Self-concept of drug abusing delinquent adolescents as measured by the Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale was investigated. Forty adolescent residents of Pride House, a drug-free treatment facility, participated in the study. The subjects were divided into four equal groups: two same sexed experimental groups and two same sexed control groups. The experimental groups participated in a short term camping experience and the control group remained at Pride House. Both groups were administered Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale prior to and following the camping trips. It was hypothesized that there would be a significant difference in the self-concept of drug abusing delinquent adolescents who participate in a short-term therapeutic camping experience compared to a control group of peers. The data was treated using a one-way analysis of variance. A significant difference in the total self-concept scores of the males who participated in a short term camping experience was found, when compared to the control groups of their peers, but not for the females. There was no significant difference in the self-concept cluster scores of Physical Appearance and Attributes and Happiness and Satisfaction for either males or females who participated in a short term camping experience when compared to a control group of their peers.

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