Document Type Master's Dissertation Author Scholtz, Sune email@example.com URN etd-06102011-153341 Document Title Exploring the use of animal-assisted therapy in educational psychology Degree MEd Department Educational Psychology Supervisor
Advisor Name Title Dr C Lubbe-De Beer Supervisor Keywords
- case study
- socio-economically vulnerable child
- therapeutic technique
- animal-assisted therapy
- educational psychology
- qualitative research
Date 2011-04-12 Availability unrestricted Abstract
The purpose of this study was to explore the use of Animal-Assisted Therapy in Educational Psychology. An empirical study of limited extent was undertaken, which was qualitative by nature and conducted from an interpretivist paradigm. I made use of a therapeutic case, which served as an in-depth case study. Visual data, creative expression, interviews, narrative expression and field notes were employed as data-gathering methods. Data were analysed by means of document analysis. A young boy of 14 years, with whom I have previously worked as a therapist, was the participant in the study.
The findings of the study were, firstly that the use of AAT could enable the attainment of goals in therapy. Implementing AAT as a therapeutic tool provided motivation for participation in therapy from the participant. Secondly the use of an animal (dog) in the therapeutic process promoted the formation of a personal, caring, and emotional relationship with the primary participant. Thirdly, psychological benefits in the use of AAT were revealed by this study, namely the opportunity to promote socialisation, self-esteem, communication, interaction and participation in therapy. Fourthly AAT had a value in working with a socio-economically vulnerable child, addressing several of the needs identified in order to enhance the well-being of the child.
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