alexa Equine-facilitated psychotherapy for at-risk adolescents: the influence on self-image, self-control and trust.


Pediatrics & Therapeutics

Author(s): Bachi K, Terkel J, Teichman M

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Abstract This article describes the theoretical-conceptual frame of equine-facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) for adolescents at-risk, the unique components of this intervention, and its implementation in an evaluation study. The study was conducted at a residential treatment facility for adolescents at-risk. We examined the outcomes of EFP on self-image, self-control, trust and general life satisfaction. Fourteen resident adolescents comprised the treatment group, and were compared with a matched group of 15 residents who did not receive EFP (control). The treatment comprised a weekly individual EFP session over a period of seven months. The study found a trend of positive change in all four research parameters within the treatment group. Additional indications of the intervention's positive influence were also found and are discussed. This article was published in Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry and referenced in Pediatrics & Therapeutics

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