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Spring Symposium on UR and Community Engagement has ended
Tuesday, April 24 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Exploring The Effects Of Socioemotional Development Of Summer Camp On Foster Care Children

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Nearly 440,000 children are currently in the foster care system. Most children in foster care have been exposed to a multitude of adverse experiences, including maltreatment and neglect, which can make these children more susceptible to socioemotional challenges. Previous research suggests that summer camps have a positive impact on youth development, therefore it is important to see whether foster children experience similar positive benefits from such experiences. I will be conducting a comparative analysis of how summer camp impacts foster kids compared to those that come from stable homes. Specifically we will be assessing the effects of participation in YMCA’s Camp Watia on self-esteem, socioemotional status, and self-worth. Both parents and children will complete a battery of assessments before and after each week long camp session. I predict that both groups of kids will display a positive correlation between camp attendance and socioemotional outcomes; however, I think the difference between the pre and post assessments of the foster kids will yield more growth. If the results support my hypothesis, this study could be used to gain increased support and funding for programs that promote camp attendance among children in the foster care system. This would allow more foster kids the opportunity to obtain the rich and positive impacts that camps can have on these children’s lives.

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Tuesday April 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Sherrill Center Concourse