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The impact of immersive outdoor activities in local woodlands on young carers emotional literacy and well-being


Acton, J and Carter, B, The impact of immersive outdoor activities in local woodlands on young carers emotional literacy and well-being, Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing, 39, (2) pp. 94-106. ISSN 0146-0862 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3109/01460862.2015.1115156


Children's well-being is linked to a complex web of factors including the child's personality, inherent protective mechanisms, family relationships, social capital, and economic status. Young carers are particularly at risk from poor mental health outcomes and low well-being. In this study the impact of immersive activities in nature on the well-being of 8 young carers (3 girls and 5 boys; aged 9-13 years) was explored. The immersive woodland activities included practical skills such as fire making, cooking, and using tools as well as team building and activities to help build trust. A mixed method, pre-test/ post-test approach was undertaken using Emotional Literacy Checklists and interviews, poems and discussion. There were measurable improvements - specifically in motivation and selfawareness - in the young carers' emotional literacy as reported by the parents and teachers. The well-being indicators that were referenced most frequently by parents and teachers related to the children's social relationships and their development as individuals. The children reported changes related to social, physical, and "natural connection" well-being.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Emotional literacy, outdoors, well-being, woodlands, young carers
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Provision of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Carter, B (Professor Bernie Carter)
ID Code:117210
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2017-06-02
Last Modified:2017-10-05

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