Throughout recent years, many medical camping facilities have been introduced across the United States to provide children with chronic illnesses access to a traditional summer camp experience. However, though many children now attend these camps every year, there has been little research to describe the psychosocial effect on children who attend. The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the impact of camp on psychosocial function in chronically ill children as perceived by the parent. Using email communication, participants were asked to respond to two questions about the effects of the summer camp experience on their child. Data were analyzed using a constant comparative method. Overall, parents participating in this study perceive medical camping facilities as beneficial to their children, especially in regards to their psychosocial development.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2014


Connie Lamb

Mentor Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

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Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

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Honors Scholars

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Department Name when Degree Awarded

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

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