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Effects of an outdoor education intervention on the mental health of schoolchildren
Folkhälsa och Klinisk Medicin/Socialmedicin, Umeå University.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication, Arts, Crafts and Design. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4715-232X
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Pediatrics. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Paediatrics in Linköping.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Local Health Care Services in Central Östergötland, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Linköping.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, ISSN 1472-9679, E-ISSN 1754-0402, Vol. 12, no 1, 63-79 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study aimed at examining the effects of an outdoor educational intervention on the mental health of schoolchildren. Two elementary schools participated (N = 230); one experimental school where the intervention was implemented, and the other a reference school. Demographic questions and the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire were completed by the parents. An outdoor educational intervention was implemented at the experimental school, and the data collection was repeated after one year. The results point towards a small but non-significant improvement in mental health at the experimental school while adjusting for demographics. However, this effect was significantly moderated by gender: boys generally fared better than girls at the intervention school, relative to the reference school. The results indicate that it may be important to address gender issues when educational programmes are implemented in schools.

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Routledge , 2012. Vol. 12, no 1, 63-79 p.
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Schoolchildren, Outdoor education, Response to intervention, Mental health, Gender
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-70047DOI: 10.1080/14729679.2010.532994OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-70047DiVA: diva2:434923
Available from: 2011-08-16 Created: 2011-08-16 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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