Connecting for Health: Playing with horses as a therapeutic tool
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This pilot study examined a brief psychological intervention using horses as a therapeutic tool to improve levels of self-esteem, self-efficacy, and facilitate the development of life skills in a group of disengaged youths (n = 16). Participants and their case managers were interviewed after completion of the program to explore their responses to the intervention. Interview transcripts were coded to identify participants' experiences and outcomes. Five themes emerged from these interviews, namely, (a) enjoyment, (b) psychological and social benefits, (c) engagement, (d) transferrable skills, and (e) mechanisms of change. The findings of this study indicate that this type of intervention may provide a viable option for youths who are disengaged from school and/or the community and who have not responded to traditional interventions.
Journal of Community Psychology
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Connecting for Health: Playing with horses as a therapeutic tool, Journal of Community Psychology, Vol. 41(4), 2013 pp. 515-522, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jcop.21547.
Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified