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The Development and Acceptability of a Wilderness Programme to Support the Health and Well-Being of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors: The WAYA Programme

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National Research Centre in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NAFKAM), Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, The Arctic University of Norway, UiT, Hansine Hansens veg 18, 9019 Tromsø, Norway
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Department of Health Sciences, Mid Sweden University, Holmgatan 10, 851 70 Sundsvall, Sweden
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(19), 12012; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191912012
Received: 19 August 2022 / Accepted: 20 September 2022 / Published: 22 September 2022
Detailed descriptions of theory, structure, and activities with causal links to specified outcomes of wilderness programs are lacking. Addressing this gap, the present qualitative study gives a thorough description of the development of the Wilderness programme for Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer survivors (WAYA). WAYA is adapted to the individual needs of AYA cancer survivors. It was conceived around Næss’s ecosophy and the Positive Health Model, and refined based on findings from a scoping review and patient/public involvement. Programme aims were to increase physical activity, self-confidence, personal growth, joy, safety within nature, meaningful relationships, and self-efficacy. The programme was an eight-day expedition followed three months later by a four-day base-camp. Activities included hiking, backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing, mindfulness and bushcrafting. Evaluation of the programme through focus group and individual interviews with 15 facilitators and 17 participants demonstrated that a diverse group of participants, challenging activities, and mindfulness-based practices were found to positively influence group bonding and the learning process. Furthermore, including an expedition and base-camp component was found to be beneficial in supporting the development of participants’ own personal outdoor practices. In conclusion, this study demonstrated that the WAYA programme is safe and well accepted by AYA cancer survivors. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecosophy; expedition; health promotion; mindfulness; nature; self-realization; qualitative study ecosophy; expedition; health promotion; mindfulness; nature; self-realization; qualitative study
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Jong, M.C.; Stub, T.; Mulder, E.; Jong, M. The Development and Acceptability of a Wilderness Programme to Support the Health and Well-Being of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors: The WAYA Programme. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 12012. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191912012

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Jong MC, Stub T, Mulder E, Jong M. The Development and Acceptability of a Wilderness Programme to Support the Health and Well-Being of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors: The WAYA Programme. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(19):12012. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191912012

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Jong, Miek C., Trine Stub, Eric Mulder, and Mats Jong. 2022. "The Development and Acceptability of a Wilderness Programme to Support the Health and Well-Being of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors: The WAYA Programme" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 19: 12012. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191912012

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