Child & Youth Care Forum

, Volume 39, Issue 6, pp 385–396 | Cite as

An Evaluation of Hope Following a Summer Camp for Inner-City Youth

  • Keri J. Brown Kirschman
  • Michael C. Roberts
  • Joanna O. Shadlow
  • Terri J. Pelley
Original Paper


This study reports changes in the positive psychology construct of hope resulting from adolescents’ participation in a 6 week summer camp devoted to developing dance and psychosocial competence skills. Over 5 years, the inner-city camp participants were selected from substantial at-risk situations. Significant positive changes in overall hope were observed pre and post camp with no further changes observed in a 4 month follow-up. Possible contributions to the increase and maintenance of higher hopeful thinking, specific to an inner-city population, are discussed.


Camps Psychosocial interventions At-risk adolescents Hope Positive psychology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keri J. Brown Kirschman
    • 1
  • Michael C. Roberts
    • 2
  • Joanna O. Shadlow
    • 3
  • Terri J. Pelley
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of DaytonDaytonUSA
  2. 2.Clinical Child Psychology ProgramThe University of KansasLawrenceUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of TulsaTulsaUSA

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