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NCJ Number: 148274 Find in a Library
Title: WILDERNESS EXPERIENTIAL PROGRAM AS AN ALTERNATIVE FOR PROBATIONERS: AN EVALUATION (FROM YOUTH INJUSTICE: CANADIAN PERSPECTIVES, P 215-229, 1993, THOMAS O'REILLY-FLEMING, BARRY CLARK, EDS. -- SEE NCJ-148261)
Author(s): J Winterdyk; R Roesch
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Canadian Scholars Press
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Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This article presents the results of an evaluation of an experiential wilderness program, A.C.T.I.O.N. (Accepting Challenge Through Interaction with Others and Nature), based on the Outward Bound philosophy, employed for a group of juvenile male probationers in eastern Canada.
Abstract: Wilderness programs, in general, offer physical and mental challenges, adventure, and an experiential education process to promote personal growth and identity. The programs tend to emphasize high impact and stress-directed involvement which demands that individuals excel beyond what they believed were their capabilities. This would appear appropriate for juveniles; one of the underlying assumptions of this study, and similar programs, was that by participating the delinquents would improve their self-concept and self-esteem, and they would adopt more socially acceptable modes of behavior. The main theorem tested was that, other things being equal, this type of program would prove to be a viable alternative to placing juveniles on probation. Tables, endnotes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Corrections; Foreign juvenile justice systems
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