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An Exploratory Study on the Impact of Applied Ancestry on At-Risk Youth in a Wilderness Therapy Program Setting An Exploratory Study on the Impact of Applied Ancestry on At-Risk Youth in a Wilderness Therapy Program Setting

by Rancie, Elisa M

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether the Applied Ancestry program meets its objectives of assisting at-risk youth with regard to character development. The sample consisted of 40 youth (12-17 yrs) enrolled in the Anasazi Foundation Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare program. These teens were randomly assigned to either the control (n = 22) or treatment (n = 18) group. To measure the impact of Applied Ancestry on character development the VIA Signature Strengths Survey, developed by the VIA Institute, was used. A pre-post test comparison found no difference between the two groups, however the overall negative changes in survey scores for the entire sample (N = 40) were found to be statistically significant. The negative change in scores was attributed, in large part, to participants’ self-concept at the time they took the survey, with lack of humility being a key factor in pre test scores.
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School:Brigham Young University

School Location:USA - Utah

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:applied ancestry at risk youth genealogy family history wilderness therapy character development

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Date of Publication:11/08/2005

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