Date of Award

Summer 2013

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Advisor

Dr. Janett Naylor

Abstract

Equine-facilitated psychotherapy is a type of animal-assisted intervention that has potential to be an effective therapeutic modality in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. It is theorized that a meaningful relationship is formed between client and horse; this relationship is thought to inspire meaningful change in the client. The current study found evidence of human-equine bonds and determined they can be measured quantitatively using adapted bonding scales. This study also explored variables that may impact bonds formed between clients and horse co-therapists. Finally, a potential correlation between the strength of the bond and the severity of symptoms over the course of therapy was investigated.

Rights

Copyright 2013 Carla K. Sloan-Brown

Library Call Number

LD2652 .T5 P7 S576 2013

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