Bibliographies of Camp-related Research

Bibliographies of Camp-related Research

Predictors of Peer Relationships and Adaption to Summer Camp
Hanna, Nancy Arlene
Thesis. Purdue University 1994

Purpose:
Explore how past and present friendships, peer relations, and social characteristics effect adaptation to summer camp.

Sample:
118 adolescents (53 male, 65 female), ages 11-16, predominantly white.

Methods/Instruments:
Pre-test questionnaire including the following subscales from Harter's Self-Perception Profile for Children: social acceptance subscale, athletic competence subscale, scholastic competence subscale, and global self-worth subscale. Post-test questionnaire included measures of peer acceptance and friendship at camp, camp evaluations, and adaptation to camp.

Results:

  • Significant relationship between camp friendship and peer relations.
  • Significant correlation between prior friendships and peer relations and friendships at camp.
  • Significant correlation between positive social skills and peer group relationships, not correlated to positive camp friendships.
  • Significant positive correlation between physical attractiveness and camp friendship and peer relations.
  • Athletic ability and scholastic competence not related to camp friendship or peer acceptance.
  • No significant correlation between self-esteem and camp friendship or peer relations.
  • No significant relationship between evaluations of camp and camp friendship or peer relations.
  • Attending camp with a friend significantly related to general expectations and evaluations of camp for male subjects, related to peer acceptance for female subjects.

 

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