Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The effects of the structural components of 4-H residential summer programs on the achievement of the essential elements of positive youth development and the acquisition of targeted life skills
by Naro, Alayna, M.S., Mississippi State University, 2016, 165; 10242839
Abstract (Summary)

Youth-serving organizations, such as 4-H, place a large emphasis on positive youth development and experiential learning in order to assist youth in acquiring specific life skills. The literature suggests that residential summer camps are one of the best ways to provide positive youth development, experiential learning, and targeted life skills. This study was a mixed methods design which utilized four residential summer programs throughout the state of Mississippi in order to compare the differences between the residential 4-H summer programs that took place on a university campus to those that took place within the naturalistic environment. The results of this study indicate that on-campus residential summer programs achieved the essential elements of positive youth development more so than those that took place within the naturalistic environment. The on-campus program participants also acquired targeted life skills more so than those that participated in programs that took place within the naturalistic environment.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Greenhaw, Laura L.
Commitee: Philllips, Tommy M., Swortzel, Kirk A.
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Human Sciences
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Social research, Behavioral Sciences, Recreation
Keywords: 4-H, Experiential learning, Life skills, Mississippi, Positive youth development, Summer programs, United States
Publication Number: 10242839
ISBN: 9781369376807
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