Academic journal article Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education

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Academic journal article Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education

Thesis Profiles

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Pryor, Anita (2009). Wild adventures in wellbeing: Foundations, features and wellbeing impacts of Australian outdoor adventure interventions (OAI).

Ph.D (Public Health)

Abstract:

This study examined the history, practices and impacts of outdoor adventure interventions with wide-ranging target groups in the Australian context. 'Looking back' examines the emergence and evolution of these practices, from traditional Indigenous practices to modern medical models. 'Looking around' examines the foundations, features and impacts of 20 outdoor adventure interventions in order to build practice-based evidence relating to these services in wide-ranging contexts. 'Looking forward' provides an Australian literature evidence base (1990+) for wellbeing impacts arising from participation in outdoor adventure interventions across nine domains of wellbeing, including physical, mental, emotional, social, behavioural, cultural, spiritual, economic and environmental wellbeing. Conclusions offer a summary of evidence relating to these practices, based on anecdotal, theoretical and empirical evidence. Outdoor adventure interventions offer an active, participatory, social, therapeutic outdoor adventure methodology that can be applied with wide-ranging target groups towards specific intentional wellbeing aims -and if delivered well, can be highly effective. …

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