Wilderness adventure therapy and cognitive rehabilitation: Joining forces for youth with TBI

Shanahan, Lucie, McAllister, Lindy and Curtin, Michael (2009) Wilderness adventure therapy and cognitive rehabilitation: Joining forces for youth with TBI. Brain Injury, 23 13-14: 1054-1064. doi:10.3109/02699050903421115

Author Shanahan, Lucie
McAllister, Lindy
Curtin, Michael
Title Wilderness adventure therapy and cognitive rehabilitation: Joining forces for youth with TBI
Journal name Brain Injury   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0269-9052
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/02699050903421115
Volume 23
Issue 13-14
Start page 1054
End page 1064
Total pages 11
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 1702 Cognitive Sciences
1103 Clinical Sciences
Formatted abstract
Primary objective: To highlight the potential application of Wilderness Adventure Therapy (WAT) as a supplementary tool in cognitive rehabilitation with an adolescent TBI population.

Literature selection: A review of existing literature pertaining to adolescent TBI, cognitive rehabilitation approaches and Wilderness Adventure Therapy was conducted. Literature was sourced through EBSCOhost (Health and Psychology), Informaworld, Informit Online and Ovid. Key search terms used were: adolescent, adventure therapy, at-risk, brain injury, cognitive rehabilitation, delinquent, head injury, paediatric, outdoor education, wilderness adventure therapy and youth.

Main outcomes: Three articles that discuss the use of WAT with adult TBI cohorts were identified; no research reporting the use of WAT with an adolescent TBI cohort was located. The review highlighted theoretical and practice similarities between cognitive rehabilitation and WAT, with both proving to be examples of ‘contextualized intervention’. The majority of WAT literature reported programmes aimed at at-risk and delinquent youth and, again, similarities in the difficulties experienced by these adolescents and adolescents with TBI were apparent.

Conclusions: A trial study that investigates the application of WAT with adolescents with TBI is warranted. Outcomes for executive functioning skill development, self-esteem development and quality-of-life post-programme should be ascertained to compare with results from adult programmes.
Keyword Cognitive rehabilitation
traumatic brain injury
outdoor experiential education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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