Integrated Wilderness Adventure: Effects on Personal and Lifestyle Traits of Persons With and Without Disabilities

Authors

  • Leo H McAvoy
  • E Curtis Schatz
  • Mary E Stutz
  • Stuart J Schleien
  • Greg Lais

Keywords:

Integration, Disabled, Wilderness, Camping, Outdoor Education

Abstract

This research studies the effects of participation in an integrated wilderness adventure program on the personal and lifestyle traits ofpersons with and without disabilities. Participants in a national wilderness trip program, Wilderness Inquiry, were studied using both quantitative (trait anxiety scale) and qualitative (in-depth interview) methods. Results indicated that participation in an integrated wilderness adventure program can lead to positive attitude and lifestyle changes for those with and without disabilities. Positive changes included: attitudes toward persons of varying abilities, interpersonal relationships, confidence levels, willingness to take risks, feelings about self, goal-setting abilities, development of leisure skills, tolerance of stress, and an increased ability to approach new situations.

Published

1989-07-01

Issue

Section

Research Papers