National Disability Specific Camp Study
Welcome to the official web site for the National Disability Specific Camp Study. This study is being conducted by faculty and staff from Indiana University, Kent State University, and Bradford Woods Outdoor Center in collaboration with the American Camp Association, Research Division.
It will take place during the summer of 2013 with campers from across the U.S. The purpose is to measure the impact residential camp experiences have on the psychosocial needs, such as social acceptance, support, friendship development, of campers with disabilities.
The study has been designed to learn things that can be beneficial to campers and camps, but not to be invasive or time consuming for either group. Several pilot studies have been completed at Bradford Woods since 2007 to plan and pilot test this study.
- Information for Camp Directors
- Information for Campers & Parents
- Camp Form Instructions
- Camp Study Director Consent
- This form indicates your permission (consent) to participate in the study. The form describes the purpose, procedure, risk (minimal), benefits, and the confidentiality the researchers will maintain with all data.
- Camp Study Parent Consent
- This form indicates your permission (consent) to have your child participate in the study. The form describes the purpose, procedure, risk (minimal), benefits, and the confidentiality the researchers will maintain with all data.
- Camp Study Camper Assent
- This form indicates your agreement (assent) to participate in the study. The form describes the study, what your agreement to participate means, how the study will take place, the things that could or could not happen by participating, and who to ask if you have any questions about the study.
- Survey (pending IRB approval)
Pilot Studies informing the national study:
- Dawson, S., & Liddicoat, K. (2009). “Camp Gives Me Hope”: Exploring the Therapeutic Use of Community for Adults with Cerebral Palsy. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 43(4), 9-24.
- Devine, M.A., & Dawson, S. (2010). The Effect of a Residential Camp Experience on Self Esteem and Social Acceptance of Youth with Craniofacial Differences. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 44(2), 105-120.
- Dawson, S., Knapp, D., & Farmer, J. (2012). Camp War Buddies: Exploring Therapeutic Benefits of Social Comparison in a Pediatric Oncology Camp. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 46(4), 313-325.
- Devine, M.A., Piatt, J., Dawson, S.. & Knapp, D (in progress). Social acceptance and quality of life: A pilot study examining the role of a residential camp with youth with hearing impairments.
- Knapp, D. Whitacre, J., Piatt, J., Devine, M.A., & Dawson, S. Examining Social Acceptance and Quality of Life at a Camp for Youth with Physical Disabilities
Shay Dawson, Director
Mary Ann Devine, Professor
Kent State University