Project Title

Self-esteem, Empowerment and Recreation: A Meta-Analysis of Outdoor Recreation on Adolescent Females

Major

Recreation and Park Administration

Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Degree

Graduate

Mentor

Michael J. Bradley

Mentor Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Abstract

In this research project, the researchers hope to gain knowledge of the effects of self-esteem, through acts of empowerment and recreation activities, on adolescent females. Having a low self-esteem has been linked to social and personal problems (Stetes and Burke, 2014), poor mental health outcomes (Orth, Robins, & Meier, 2009; Orth, Robins, & Roberts, 2008), and failure to develop positive social networks (Marshall, Parker, Ciarrochi, & Heaven, 2014) With this research, researchers may identify an activity in recreation that adolescent females feel empowered, raising their self-esteem and aiding in the understanding of how to help these young women. Outcomes from recreational experiences can transfer into other realms of daily life, resulting in a heightened sense of empowerment and social change for women (Henderson, 1996).

A meta analysis of literature focusing on outcomes of outdoor recreation on adolescent females will be conducted, with topics focusing on self-esteem and empowerment. An emphasis of future implications will be explored that emphasis how outdoor recreation can be used to educate and empower young women from adolescence into adulthood. Researchers hope to find that through outdoor recreation activities adolescent women feel not only empowered but an increase in their self-esteem. Through identifying how outdoor recreation can be used to educate and empower young women from adolescence into adulthood we may be able to understand and acknowledge the recurring barriers these young women have when it comes to their self-esteem and empowerment issues.

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Poster Number

26

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Self-esteem, Empowerment and Recreation: A Meta-Analysis of Outdoor Recreation on Adolescent Females

In this research project, the researchers hope to gain knowledge of the effects of self-esteem, through acts of empowerment and recreation activities, on adolescent females. Having a low self-esteem has been linked to social and personal problems (Stetes and Burke, 2014), poor mental health outcomes (Orth, Robins, & Meier, 2009; Orth, Robins, & Roberts, 2008), and failure to develop positive social networks (Marshall, Parker, Ciarrochi, & Heaven, 2014) With this research, researchers may identify an activity in recreation that adolescent females feel empowered, raising their self-esteem and aiding in the understanding of how to help these young women. Outcomes from recreational experiences can transfer into other realms of daily life, resulting in a heightened sense of empowerment and social change for women (Henderson, 1996).

A meta analysis of literature focusing on outcomes of outdoor recreation on adolescent females will be conducted, with topics focusing on self-esteem and empowerment. An emphasis of future implications will be explored that emphasis how outdoor recreation can be used to educate and empower young women from adolescence into adulthood. Researchers hope to find that through outdoor recreation activities adolescent women feel not only empowered but an increase in their self-esteem. Through identifying how outdoor recreation can be used to educate and empower young women from adolescence into adulthood we may be able to understand and acknowledge the recurring barriers these young women have when it comes to their self-esteem and empowerment issues.