Improvements in Hope and Beliefs about Illness Following a Summer Camp for Youth with Chronic Illnesses

Melissa A. Faith, Sunnye Mayes, Chelsea D. Pratt, Carrick Carter

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This study evaluated changes in hope, attitude toward illness, and perceptions of illness benefit and burden following participation in a summer camp designed for youth with a variety of chronic illnesses. Participants were 62 youth campers (Age M = 13.45 years, SD = 2.41) with a variety of chronic illnesses. For youth who began camp low in hope about future goal attainment, participation in optional camp activities negatively predicted post-camp hope about future goal attainment. This relation was nonsignificant for campers who began camp high in hope. We found no significant changes in attitude toward illness or perceptions of illness benefit or burden. This study provides an important contribution to burgeoning research on summer camps designed for children with varying chronic illnesses. Findings were inconsistent with previous studies on chronic illness summer camp outcomes. Further work is needed to identify camp components that are related to desirable psychosocial outcomes for youth with chronic illnesses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-62
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of pediatric nursing
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Children
  • Chronic illness
  • Psychosocial factors
  • Summer camps

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics


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