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Using Rock Climbing for Recreation Among Youth with Type 1 Diabetes: Evaluating the REACH Program

Asiah Allen, Eddie Hill, Rowan Williams, Christina Viglietta, Deborah Miles


This study examined the impact of a rock climbing program on youth with type 1 diabetes. The study utilized a mixed-methods quasi-experimental research design to measure subscales of the American Camp Association Youth Outcomes Battery on independence, perceived competence, and friendship skill. Pre- and posttest instruments were utilized over a 4-month period. The small sample size revealed significance for friendship skills, but also showed improvements after participants attended three sessions perceived competence and independence. This pilot study provides evidence-based practice of a new type of program that can be used for future studies to build upon.

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diabetes; youth; rock climbing

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