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Research Shows Experiences at Camp Boggy Creek, a SeriousFun Camp, Deliver Positive Impact for Children Coping with Illness
Date:5/14/2013

y for children with serious illness to make friendships and form social connections also appeared to be a formative outcome of the research. 98% of campers reported making at least one friend and 58% of those reported that the friendships lasted beyond the camp experience through in-person visits, texting, phone and online communications.

In addition, the data suggests that resilience indicators such as possessing positive coping strategies, illness-related stress and happiness, were higher or showed significant improvement following camp.

“Developing positive adaptive abilities for dealing with challenges such as illness is critical, especially for children, for their personal growth, development, and building a set of resilience- promoting skills,” said Dr. Linda Mayes, M.D., professor and co-principal investigator, Yale Child Study Center, Yale Child Study Center. “Our work with SeriousFun points to the impact of the camp experience on fostering these resilience-promoting skills and facilitating children’s ability to develop and maintain more positive, social connections important to their overall health and well-being.”

The research team from Yale Child Study Center includes Dr. Linda Mayes, M.D., Dr. Steven Southwick M.D and Dr. Shauna Tominey, Ph.D. All have extensive expertise in the fields of child development and neuropsychology, among others.

The survey, from which comparative data was drawn, was conducted one month after camp. A six month follow-up survey with the same group of parents is currently in progress with the intention of better understanding the potential for lasting change in children following camp attendance.

Camp Boggy Creek serves children ages 7 through 16 with one of the following diseases, illnesses or conditions: asthma (severe), bleeding disorders and hemophilia, cancer, craniofacial disorders, diabetes, epilepsy, heart/cardiovascular, HIV/AIDS (immune deficiency), inflammatory bowel disease,
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