Utilizing Outdoor Adventure Therapy to Increase Hope and Well-Being among Women at a Homeless Shelter


Utilizing Outdoor Adventure Therapy to Increase Hope and Well-Being among Women at a Homeless Shelter". 

Awaiting Publication: January 2020

Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership (special edition "A Critical Exploration of Girls' and Women's Experiences in Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership" )


Abstract

Women who are faced with homelessness experience high levels of psychosocial distress related to complex trauma and barriers to mental health treatment. The HOPE Adventure Therapy program utilized outdoor adventure therapy to increase hope and well-being among women living in a homeless shelter. Though this type of intervention is rarely accessible to women experiencing homelessness, findings show that female participants in the outdoor adventure program reported significant improvements in social and interpersonal well-being, and higher attendance in outdoor adventure therapy groups predicted larger improvements in well-being for female shelter residents. Implications of this study encourage further exploration of outdoor adventure therapy and experiential interventions in order to address gaps in service for women experiencing homelessness.

 


 

 

 

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