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This study identified characteristics of adventure programs valued by adolescents in treatment. Subjects included 11 experts in the field of adventure programming and 207 participants in adventure programs at 12 adolescent treatment programs. The experts, through a modified Delphi process, identified valued program characteristics. Program participants showed their agreement with these items through a questionnaire administered at the conclusion of their program involvement. Participants and experts were significantly in agreement regarding valued characteristics. However, participants did appear, in contrast to experts, to value items related to "process" more highly than items related to "content.""Helping/assisting others" was the characteristic most valued by participants. Gender and age were significantly related to perceptions of value for several characteristics. Items perceived as more valuable by males related to leadership, risk, and learning from failure. The item perceived as more valuable by females concerned "trust." Younger participants rated "doing ropes course activities" higher than older partipants. The study supports that "process," not just "content," needs to be considered in staff training and program implementation. (KS)

Descriptors: Adolescents, Adventure Education, Age Differences, At Risk Persons, Group Dynamics, Secondary Education, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes, Therapeutic Recreation

Autor: Witman, Jeffrey P.


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