Capstone/Dissertation Title

How youth farm affects the mental health of participants

Term

2014

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAED: NSEE

Abstract

The research question addressed is, how do community and agriculturally based programs like Youth Farm affect the mental health of urban children? Youth Farm, an organization in neighborhoods throughout St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota is examined through a mental health lens. Literature related to the study, including urban children's access to the outdoors, mental health, and youth programs is presented. Research data was gathered from Youth Farm participants during the summer of 2013 using an adaptation of Robert Goodman's Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. The analysis of the data showed improvement in the average scores participants self-reported less difficulty within the categories of emotional symptoms, conduct problems, hyperactivity, peer problems, and gained strength in the prosocial category.

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