All Kinds of News for July 10, 2019
Between 2014 and 2019, Trails Carolina, a wilderness therapy program for young people ages 10-17, partnered with the Center for Research, Assessment, and Treatment Efficacy (CReATE) and the Arkansas Institute of Developmental Science to conduct an outcomes study exploring the therapeutic effectiveness of wilderness therapy. Earlier this year, the data was compiled and Trails Carolina is excited to share its findings.
This study collected clinical outcomes data from Trails students and parents between 2014 and 2019.
In the research initiative, parents sent reports of their child’s symptoms, syndromes 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:
- 66% of parents reported that their children experienced clinically significant symptoms of ADHD, depression, anxiety, and conflict with their peers.
- 50% of parents indicated that their children experienced suicidal ideation.
- 40% of parents reported that their children struggle with substance abuse, disruptive behavior, and academic problems.
- 25% of parents reported significant sleep problems observed in their children.
One year after the completion of Trails, parents reported:
- 20% reported their children experienced clinically significant symptoms of ADHD, 0% reported that their children were experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression, and 15% reported that their children had conflict with peers.
- 13% reported that their children experienced suicidal ideation.
- 18% reported that their children were struggling with substance abuse, 28% reported that their children were struggling with disruptive behaviors, and 6% reported children struggling with academic problems.
- 6% reported significant sleep problems observed in their children.
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/outcomes/.
About Trails Carolina
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.