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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Adventure therapy, Parent and teenager, Wilderness therapy, Positive parent adolescent relationships, Anasazi Foundation


The purpose of this study was to identify which aspects of The Anasazi Foundation's wilderness therapy treatment are most strongly associated with positive parent-adolescent relationships after treatment. To this end, 59 parents and 36 adolescents completed surveys designed by the Anasazi Foundation to assess individual goal attainment, family relationships, continued connection to The Anasazi Foundation, aftercare follow-though, and physical and spiritual health after the adolescent had been discharged from the program, which lasted at least 49 days. Adolescent study participants ranged in age from 12 to 25 years, and parent study participants had children who ranged in age from 12 to 20 years. Findings show that parental goal attainment after the youth's discharge, adolescent commitment to aftercare, and adolescent spiritual health after treatment are the most strongly correlated with positive parent-adolescent relationships after wilderness therapy treatment. Additional findings show that adolescent physical health post discharge, adolescent connection to Anasazi after treatment, and parental support in the adolescent's aftercare plans are also positively correlated with positive parentadolescent relationships after wilderness therapy treatment.




iv, 77 pages. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, 2015. Includes bibliographical references (pages 68-69)