The purpose of this randomized control study is to examine various behavioral, social, and emotional changes that result from engaging in an OBH and CBT treatment program designed for adolescents. The purpose of the surveys is to obtain information regarding adolescent’s behavioral, social and emotional state to measure the effectiveness of the treatment programs. Understanding how these concepts interact may provide new knowledge necessary for developing more effective treatments. We anticipate the involvement of 84 adolescent participants and their parents/guardians.
Key Points of the Research Project:
• Randomization: Adolescents will be assigned to one of two treatment programs, either a 90-day Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (OBH) program or a 12-15 week Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) program. This means that the study participants have a 50:50 chance of being placed in either treatment program.
• Costs of participating in the study:
*If adolescent is placed in the OBH program, the total cost will depend on the family adjusted earned income in 2019. There are also scholarships available.
* If adolescent is placed in the CBT program, the total cost is $2,625. The payments are part of a sliding scale based on family income.
• Risks of participation in this study:
* Potential Risks of OBH: The activities used in OBH therapeutic programming
could result in minor incidences (e.g., sprained ankles, frostbite, insect bites,
sunburn). During this time, there is potential risk due to COVID-19.
* Potential Risks of CBT: The risks to participating in CBT are minimal. Due to COVID-19, CBT has moved to tele-health delivery in many states; thus, some adolescent participants and therapists may engage in CBT via telehealth.
* Within both treatment programs, participants may feel emotionally uncomfortable at times and there is a possible risk of loss of confidentiality.
• The University of New Hampshire houses the OBH Research Center where the majority of researchers from this project are located.
• Adolescents will be asked to complete an intervention in either an OBH program (90 days) or a CBT (12-15 weeks) program. Parents and adolescent will be asked to complete several surveys before and during the program, and up to one year after. If adolescent drops out of the study but wants to remain in the treatment program, the family will need to pay for the remainder of their child’s treatment.