Date

3-2014

Degree Name

BS in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration

Department

Agricultural Education and Communication Department

Advisor(s)

Marni Goldenberg

Abstract

It has been shown that young adult cancer fighters and survivors suffer from various mental and physical barriers after being diagnosed with cancer. It is common for cancer fighters and survivors at this age group, 18-39 years old, to feel a sense of depression from the lack of support available for their therapeutic needs. Studies have shown that adventure therapy has valuable benefits that cancer fighters and survivors can transfer into their daily lives. The purpose of this study was to find outcomes of participants in First Descents, a non-profit organization. This study was conducted using means-end theory to examine attributes, consequences, and values of camp experiences. The data were then inter-coded to find reliability and validity. Conclusions were made that values were significant, and young adult cancer fighters and survivors can immensely benefit from adventure therapy programs. Recommendations were made utilizing this research and furthering this type of study.

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