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Enhancing the well-being of veterans using extended group-based nature recreation experiences

Jason Duvall, PhD; Rachel Kaplan, PhD

Physical and mental health issues are challenging for many veterans. We studied the use of extended group-based nature recreation to help veterans cope with these issues. Veterans were surveyed 1 week before, 1 week after, and about 1 month after participating in an outdoor recreation program. Participants reported increased psychological well-being, social functioning, and life outlook 1 week after the experience and some improvements persisted over the next month. These changes were particularly strong for veterans reporting more severe ongoing health issues. Findings suggest that extended nature recreation experiences that bring veterans together can have significant positive effects.

Volume 51 Number 5, 2014
   Pages 685 — 696

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