The application of animal-assisted therapy in the South African context : a case study

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dc.contributor.author Lubbe, Carien
dc.contributor.author Scholtz, Sune
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-11T05:34:20Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-11T05:34:20Z
dc.date.issued 2013-03
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this article is to explore the use, value, and applicability of animal-assisted therapy in psychology. The case study method was applied to a therapeutic case, using the interpretivist paradigm. Data were analyzed by means of document analysis. The findings are discussed according to five themes derived from the study, namely, “facilitating relationship building,” “enabling communication by working indirectly,” “experiencing physical affection through the therapy dog,” “socialization skills,” and “enhanced self-esteem.” We report that the deliberate inclusion of an animal in therapy facilitates relationship building and therefore aids the therapeutic alliance, as well as enhances an individual’s socialization skills and self-esteem. en_US
dc.description.librarian am2013 en_US
dc.description.librarian gv2013
dc.description.uri http://www.journals.co.za/ej/ejour_sapsyc.html en_US
dc.identifier.citation Lubbe, C & Scholtz, S 2013, 'The application of animal-assisted therapy in the South African context : a case study', South African Journal of Psychology, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 116-129. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0081-2463
dc.identifier.other 10.1177/0081246312474405
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/31998
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Psychological Society of South Africa en_US
dc.rights © The Author(s) 2013 en_US
dc.subject Animal-assisted therapy en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Human-animal relationships -- Psychological aspects en
dc.subject.lcsh Animals -- Therapeutic use en
dc.subject.lcsh Child psychotherapy en
dc.title The application of animal-assisted therapy in the South African context : a case study en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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