Mental Health Effects of Inclusive Outdoor Recreation on Persons with Disabilities and their Caregivers

The purpose of this pilot study was to empirically examine the mental health impacts of adaptive nature activities including individual day-trips and a large inclusive nature event on persons with disabilities as well as their caregivers.

This study was co-funded by Alberta Addictions and Mental Health and Alberta Parks. A full report of the research can be downloaded here (opens in new tab).


Jakubec, S,L., Carruthers Den Hoed, D., Ray, H. (2014). ‘I Can Reinvent Myself Out Here’: Experiences of Nature Inclusion and Mental Well-Being, in B.M. Altman, Barnartt, S.N. (ed). Research in Social Science and Disability (Environmental Contexts and Disability, Volume 8). Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.213 – 229.  DOI 10.1108/S1479-354720140000008012

Jakubec, S.L., Carruthers Den Hoed, D., Ray, H., Krishnamurthy, A. (2014).  Inclusion in Nature Activities for Adults with Disabilities and Their Caregivers: A mixed methods study. ATRAbute Journal of the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association, 1(2): 8-11.