Exploring the use of animal-assisted therapy in educational psychology

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dc.contributor.advisor Lubbe-De Beer, Carien en
dc.contributor.postgraduate Scholtz, Sune en
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-06T21:13:57Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-15 en
dc.date.available 2013-09-06T21:13:57Z
dc.date.created 2011-04-12 en
dc.date.issued 2010 en
dc.date.submitted 2011-06-10 en
dc.description Dissertation (MEd)--University of Pretoria, 2010. en
dc.description.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. en
dc.description.availability unrestricted en
dc.description.department Educational Psychology en
dc.identifier.citation Scholtz, S 2010, Exploring the use of animal-assisted therapy in educational psychology, MEd dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://hdl.handle.net/2263/25412 > en
dc.identifier.other E11/275/gm en
dc.identifier.upetdurl http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-06102011-153341/ en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/25412
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher University of Pretoria en_ZA
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dc.subject Case study en
dc.subject Socio-economically vulnerable child en
dc.subject Child en
dc.subject Therapy en
dc.subject Therapeutic technique en
dc.subject Animal-assisted therapy en
dc.subject Educational psychology en
dc.subject Enterpretivism en
dc.subject Qualitative research en
dc.subject UCTD en_US
dc.title Exploring the use of animal-assisted therapy in educational psychology en
dc.type Dissertation en


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