Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Dr. Janett Naylor
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.
Copyright 2013 Carla K. Sloan-Brown
Sloan-Brown, Carla K., "Measuring Bonds in Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy" (2013). Master's Theses. 97.