Strengthening Families: Exploring the Impacts of Family Camp Experiences on Family Functioning and Parenting

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2013-01-01
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Garst, Barry
Baughman, Sarah
Franz, Nancy
Franz, Nancy
Seidel, Richard
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Research suggests that family camp experiences can enhance family relationships. Families often participate in family camp experiences for a vacation, as part of a therapeutic and/or intervention strategy, or to gain general enrichment or engagement. To better understand the impacts of family camp experiences on family functioning, a mixed-methods study was conducted with 60 families across 18 camps. Respondents shared that family camp experiences benefit families because of the positive impacts of the camp staff, parenting reinforcement, and enhancement of family relationships, with 60% of respondents indicating that family camp experiences reinforced good parenting and 86% of respondents indicating that the family camp experience reinforced family relationships. Recommendations for future research and practice are provided.

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This article is from Journal of Experiential Education. 36(1)2013: 65-77. doi: 10.1177/1053825913481582. Posted with permission.

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