All Kinds of News for December 04, 2019
Trails Carolina announces the results of outcome data gathered from program parents in the pre-teen population (students ages 9-13). Throughout the research initiative, parents sent reports of their child’s symptoms and behavioral problems at four stages: upon admission to Trails, graduation from Trails, three months after graduation from Trails, and a year after graduation.
Upon admission, parents reported the following about their children:
- 65% of parents reported that their children experienced clinically significant symptoms of anxiety and depression, and 49% reported that their child was withdrawn
- 61% of parents indicated that their children exhibited aggressive behaviors.
- 36% of parents reported that their children struggled with attention issues, 35% reported that their child was showing rule breaking behaviors, and 42% of parents reported that their child experienced social problems.
- 65% of parents said their child was internalizing behaviors, and 55% of parents said their child was externalizing behaviors.
One year after the completion of Trails, parents reported:
- 20% reported that their child felt anxious and depressed, and 9% said their child felt withdrawn.
- 5% of parents said that their child was behaving aggressively.
- 10% reported that their child was experiencing attention issues, 5% reported that their child was exhibiting rule breaking behaviors, 10% said their child was experiencing social problems.
- 25% said that their child was experiencing internalizing behaviors, 5% said their child was experiencing externalizing behaviors.
This data was collected from 2014 to 2019 in partnership with the Center for Research, Assessment, and Treatment Efficacy (CReATE) and the Arkansas Institute of Developmental Science in conducting an outcomes study which explores the therapeutic effectiveness of wilderness therapy.
More findings from this study will be reported in the coming months. Learn more about the research initiative and outcomes study by visiting https://trailscarolina.com/does-wilderness-therapy-work/.
Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy program based just outside of Asheville, North Carolina that offers a multi-dimensional wilderness therapy model to troubled adolescents, ages 10-17. Trails capitalizes upon the profound effects of a student’s wilderness experience, and then combines that experience with strong clinical assessments and therapy. For additional information about Trails Carolina, please call 800-975-7303.