This dissertation is the report of a qualitative study of at-risk and delinquent girls housed in a traditional residential treatment facility, who also participated in an animal-assisted and gender-specific therapy program using horses, outside of the residential institution. To date, no such studies exist examining both the gender-specific and animal-assisted approaches to addressing troubled girls' needs. The study is guided by Relational Cultural Theory, a theory that focuses on human development primarily through connections with others, which was specifically designed to address the significance of the relational experiences of females. The ethnographic approach used in this study of girls provides rich data to understand these girls and their experiences in a more comprehensive context.... with aggression in children (Garaigordobil, Alvarez, aamp; Carralero, 2004), in gang-involved Mexican American boys (Valdez, Kaplan ... Animals, however, are not aware of such issues and are a more consistent source of positive social feedback. ... Advocates of animal-assisted therapies also suggest animals respond uniquely to isolated or withdrawn individuals (Colby aamp; Sherman, 2002; Cusack, 1998), anbsp;...
|Title||:||Conflict and Connection: A Theoretical and Evaluative Study of an Equine-assisted Psychotherapy Program for At-risk and Delinquent Girls|
|Author||:||Allison Jan Foley|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|