Adolescents’ Perceptions of a Gardening Activity at a Juvenile Justice Center

Frances Hardin-Fanning, Adebola O. Adegboyega, Mary Kay Rayens

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to elicit participants’ (N = 16) perceptions of a gardening activity at a juvenile justice center and to determine whether past exposure to gardening and farmers markets was associated with their perceptions of the gardening experience. Design: This cross-sectional, exploratory program evaluation was conducted in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice. Adolescents completing the Cadet Leadership and Education Program participated in gardening in order to provide produce to a local farmers’ market. Method: After the growing season, participants were asked to complete a nine-item questionnaire about the gardening activity during one of their usual classes at the facility. The questionnaire assessed perception of the experience and past exposure to gardening and farmers’ markets. Findings: Participants reported favorably about their participation in the activity, knowledge gained from the activity, and their intent to garden in the future. Those who had previously gardened had more favorable perception of gardening than those who had never gardened. Gardening is an inexpensive means of teaching teamwork and delayed gratification and providing a sense of empowerment and may benefit at-risk adolescents during incarceration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-178
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Holistic Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018

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  • adolescents
  • alternative/complementary therapies
  • common themes
  • group/population, rehabilitation
  • specific conditions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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