Wilderness Therapy and Safety
A new study by Dr. Michael Gass of the University of New Hampshire indicates teens are safer in wilderness therapy programs than they are in their own homes. The study is published in the Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs.
In a statement released by the University, Dr. Gass says, “After ‘does this program work?’, the question most asked by people considering adventure therapy is ‘will my child be safe?’” Dr. Gass is a professor of outdoor education in the kinesiology department at UNH. He wrote the article with lead author Stephen Javorski, a UNH doctoral student.
“While no one can guarantee the unconditional safety of any child, we can now show the relative risk levels for adolescents. This study shows there is actually less risk to participants on wilderness therapy programs, when they are conducted correctly, than to adolescents in their normal everyday activities.”
You can read more about the study at: http://www.unh.edu/news/releases/2013/mar/bp28wilderness.cfm#ixzz2PEdT4Pdu