Do Males and Females Respond to Intervention Differently? The Impact of Gender in an Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Program

[Speaker] Demille, Steven M:1
[Co-author] Montgomery, Marilyn:2, Eichas, Kyle:3
1:RedCliff Ascent (United States of America), 2:Northwest Christian University (United States of America), 3:Tarleton State University (United States of America)

Emotional and behavioral health problems that emerge in adolescence have significant social impact but also interfere with the accomplishment of normal developmental tasks, including healthy interpersonal relationships, success in school, and transitioning into the workforce (O'Connell, Boat, & Warner, 2009). Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (OBH) is an innovative treatment that uses outdoor experiences to promote mental and behavioral health. This study examines the effects of OBH therapeutic interactions on treatment gains and whether or not these effects differ by gender. Using a latent difference score model, the results of this study suggest that the perception of the therapeutic relationship contribute to program outcome and that the impact of these therapeutic interactions is stronger for females than for males. The findings suggest the impact of relationship and therapeutic variables differ for males and females in and OBH treatment program.
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