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Equine Assisted Psychotherapy: Lowering Symptoms of Psychological Distress in Veterans

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dc.contributor.author Broadway, Dakota Elloise
dc.date.accessioned 2022-06-22T19:27:23Z
dc.date.available 2022-06-22T19:27:23Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12262/260
dc.description.abstract This study conducted a meta-analysis in order to determine the efficacy equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) has on lowering symptoms of psychological distress in veterans. Existing literature focuses on how EAP is effective for child populations, however, this study was designed to focus on the use of horses and horse care as a means of intervention for adults. The methodology for this study was based off Nimer and Lundahl’s (2007) procedures from their meta-analysis on animal assisted therapy. Effect sizes across studies were calculated and outcome measures including psychological functioning, social functioning, and interpersonal functioning were grouped together in order to determine heterogeneity among studies. Results suggested mixed interpretation among effect sizes. While some outcome variables suggested positive improvements in symptoms, others suggested no change. Additionally, heterogeneity among studies suggested no standardization in methodological procedures. In conclusion, EAP for veterans lacks enough information to determine its efficacy across studies.
dc.title Equine Assisted Psychotherapy: Lowering Symptoms of Psychological Distress in Veterans
dc.date.updated 2021-01-21T17:02:48Z
dc.language.rfc3066 en


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