What we did: Spending time in Forest Schools may have an influence the health of teenagers and how they feel. This study aimed to find out girls experiences of the Nature Unlimited programme. The primary researcher (Jillian Manner) interviewed Forest School participants this past fall in order to understand their experiences in the program. The study involved one-to-one interviews with eight of the participants and focused on perceived changes to their wellbeing, resilience, and sense of community since starting the programme.
What we found: Six themes emerged from the interviews; wellbeing and mental health, resilience, community and social interaction, learning, perception of forest school and favourite and least favourite aspects of the programme and suggested improvements. Most participants felt the programme had a positive effect on their mood, confidence, social skills and relationships and these changes went beyond the Forest School setting.
What this means: This research provides preliminary evidence of the importance of Forest School programmes, such as the one provided by Nature Unlimited, in fostering positive changes in mood, social skills, confidence and relationships for teenage girls.
What’s next: The findings have been submitted to a journal for publication and should hopefully be available soon.
Forest School based sessions across the Scottish Borders. Forest School and outdoor learning programmes have been shown to play a significant role in improving mental and physical health. Participants take part in weekly sessions run in the Forest School woodland area, where they participate in nature based activities based upon their interests, such as craft, traditional skills, and photography.
The study has been designed in collaboration with the Nature Unlimited staff, who requested the data collection and study in order to rigorously evaluate their programme and intervention. Adolescent girls who are taking part in the Forest School development program will be interviewed by the primary researcher, Jillian Manner. SCPHRPs Larry Doi, Ruth Jepson and Yvonne Laird are also involved with the study.
Welcome to the Summer edition of the SCPHRP magazine, our second edition of 2017
We have had a busy 2017 so far at SCPHRP, we’ve said hello to a whole load of new people and said goodbye to a few. In this edition of the magazine we are sharing updates on some of the exciting projects we’ve been working on including our Citizen Science project, the 20mph Research Study, an Obesity Landscape project, and our Stand Up for Health project (which comes with a creative video from film-maker Felix Adamson). Hope you enjoy.
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A co-production between SCPHRP, Lisa Nicholl and The Lyceum Theatre has resulted in Stolen Promises, a short film dealing with the area of mental health and wellbeing in teenage life.
Featuring adolescents from Armadale Youth Space, West Lothian alongside Martin Docherty (Cloud Atlas, Dear Green Place, RiverCity) and Shonagh Price (HighRoad, Rab C Nesbit).
View this in your browser Hello and welcome to our last bulletin of 2018. Bringing you our usual mix of news, publications, project updates and more. This has been a busy year for us at SCPHRP with lots to celebrate and look back on, including our move to our new home in the School of Health in […]
Hello and welcome to our September bulletin. Bringing you our usual mix of news, publications, project updates and more. We’d like to extend a warm welcome to all new and existing students who joined us at the University of Edinburgh this month! Autumn is now upon us and September has been a busy month welcoming students […]
Many of you may know that SCPHRP was funded for ten years until June 2018 by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Chief Scientist Office (CSO). After five years based within the Usher Institute, we are delighted to announce that SCPHRP will continue to operate as a research centre within The University of Edinburgh at the School of Health […]