An exploratory study on the impact of Applied Ancestry on at-risk youth in a wilderness therapy program setting /
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[alpha] self-concept at the time they took the survey, with lack of humility being a key factor in pre test scores.
School:Brigham Young University
School Location:USA - Utah
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:adventure therapy problem youth personality development genealogy applied ancestry at risk family history wilderness character
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