This study used a single subject research design and a cased-based time-series analysis to examine changes in self concept among seven adolescents with a depressive diagnosis who participated in an out-patient group therapy called Rites of Passage Ensuring Success (ROPES). The purpose of the study was to determine if changes in self-concept occurred at specific time frames during and following attendance in the group therapy. The curriculum, which was based on adventure therapy and problem solving therapy, was developed and led through the collaborative efforts of both a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (also referred to as a “recreation therapist”) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Six of the seven participants demonstrated significantly improved self-concept on the Tennessee Self-concept Scale-2-Short at one or more segments of treatment; however, none of the participants followed all of the hypothesized changes in the time-series. The pre and post-treatment results were impressive and if replicated in a larger study that includes a control group, the treatment could be proven to be an effective new course for recreation therapists to use in depression treatment for adolescents.
Author Kenny Riley
Volume Vol 45, No 1 (2011)