Multi-Cultural Burn camp - Youth Participation Experience Objectives: The aim of the study is to explore the possible contribution of participation in burn camp for teens growing up with scars. The specific burn camp is multi-cultural and includes both Israeli and Palestinian teens, therefore the study also addresses cultural biases. Method: The study uses the qualitative methodology phenomenology, to explore the contribution and meaning of participating in burn camp among adolescent burn survivors. In-depth semi-structured interviews are conducted before and after the camp with 15 adolescent (9 boys and 5 girls) burn survivors. The teens were aged 13 to 18 years, and all attended camp at least twice before participating in this research. The interview examines the overall experience of the adolescent and includes probing question exploring participants’ perception, thoughts and feeling. In addition, a smaller focus group of 8 campers is held during the camp. All interviews and focus group are recorded, transcribed, analyzed and core themes identified. Results: Preliminary interviews were completed. Camp dates are April 3rd to 6th 2017. Focus group is scheduled for April 5th. Post-camp interviews will be completed by the end of April. From the preliminary interviews, it seems that there is an increasing participation of the teen in his or her family, community and school, however, this positive impact is more significant in the months following the camp. Discussion: Following the completion of the interviews and full analysis of the results a comprehensive discussion will be conducted. From the preliminary results, the following important questions arose: The efficacy of a burn camp as a coherent part of the rehabilitation process, what is needed to be done beyond the camp to preserve the positive influence accomplished on the daily routine of the young adult. Also, similar results from both cultures associated in this study may suggest stronger transferability of the conclusions.
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