Wilderness therapy for adolescence has been in existence, in some form, for over a hundred and twenty years but no comprehensive history has existed of the many influences that shaped its growth. Much of what has been written about the history of wilderness therapy is incomplete, biased, or exclusionary, and no account includes narratives from significant pioneers in the field. This study constructs a comprehensive history of wilderness therapy through a thorough review of the historical literature and the use of narrative accounts.
This study began with a qualitative historical review of organizations, leaders, and individuals that made significant impact on the development of the field. The literature review identified gaps in the documented history of the field, which this project has attempted to overcome. The most significant missing historical information was how the primitive skills model of wilderness therapy first developed in the Western United States. The second section of this study presents oral histories from major figures, some largely unrecognized, who factored greatly in the growth of the primitive skills model. The final chapter is a reflection by the researcher about key themes in history of the field.
|Advisor:||Lacey, James, Abel, Richard|
|Commitee:||Abel, Richard, Lacey, James, Russell, Keith|
|School:||Franklin Pierce University|
|School Location:||United States -- New Hampshire|
|Source:||DAI-A 73/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Modern history, Science history, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Adventure therapy, Experiential education, Outdoor behavioral healthcare, Outdoor education, Summer camps, Wilderness therapy|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be