The Effects of Outdoor Pursuits' Trips on Participants' Interpersonal Communication and Sense of Fear

Thoreson, Nate and McKibben, Andrea (2013) The Effects of Outdoor Pursuits' Trips on Participants' Interpersonal Communication and Sense of Fear. [Abstract]

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Abstract

The Outdoor Pursuits (OP) program at Fort Lewis College (FLC) provides students with an accessible, and inexpensive, way to access outdoor gear and guided field experiences.This study examined the effects of an OP trip on participants’ interpersonal communication skills and their sense of fear. The study utilized a pretest-posttest design. Consenting participants completed a Likert scale survey before and after an OP trip during the winter of 2013. The subjects consisted of FLC students who are active OP members and students who were not part of the OP program. Results suggest that students who participate in an OP trip have significantly (P=.001) more interpersonal communication skills afterwards. The results also concluded that with repeated measures, the program does not show statistical significance (P=.06) in interpersonal communication skills. The results also concluded that there was no relationship between OP and its participants sense of fear (P=.016). The results also indicate that, after repeated measures, that there is no relationship between pre and post trips (P=.14) and the reduction of participants sense of fears. The conclusion from this study allow’s for OP to recognize how to best suit their participants needs.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Additional Information: 8th Annual Natural & Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: Outdoor Pursuits (OP), Fort Lewis College (FLC), Access, Experiential Learning, Outdoor education, Adventure education, Natural environments, Wilderness experience programs, Interpersonal communication skills, Fear, Anxiety, Quantitative research
Subjects: School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Adventure Education
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Exercise Science
NBS Symposium
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
Date Deposited: 09 May 2013 15:18
Last Modified: 09 May 2013 15:18
URI: http://eprints.fortlewis.edu/id/eprint/262


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