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Aggressive child and equine assisted therapy as a form of treatment

Kaja Lipovec (2013) Aggressive child and equine assisted therapy as a form of treatment. Diploma thesis.

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    In my undergraduate thesis I present equine assisted therapy as a form of treatment for aggressive children. At the beginning of the theoretical part I focus on a description of aggressive behaviour and its formation, provide a classification of this behaviour and finish with a description of child aggression. I continue by outlining different forms of equine assisted therapy, its positive effects and suitability for treating aggressive children. Aggression or aggressive behaviour denotes every physical or psychological action that tries to hurt or harm another person, animal or object (Berkowitz, 1993). Although this behaviour is external, those children have low self-esteem, self-confidence and a sense of failure. They are unmotivated, have a week concentration and they react impulsively. Equine assisted therapy can be a form of treatment for such problems. Horse motivates a child and establishes respect and authority; as a result, a child learns about himself and others and grows through this relationship. In this way, a child strengthens his weak points. Moreover, aggressive behaviour is not shown at the therapy because the size of the horse raises respect and requires fair treatment; as a result, the horse can deal with the child’s aggression (Kramarič, 2004). Positive effects are visible at the physical, psychological and social level. In the empirical part I interview three experts in equine assisted therapy in order to prove the suitability of this therapy for aggressive children and determine the positive effects on children and their weaknesses this therapy can address.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: aggression, aggressive child, equine assisted therapy, horse, positive effects of the therapy
    Number of Pages: 104
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Darja Zorc MaverMentor
    asist. Boštjan BajželjComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9779529)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1813
    Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2013 11:16
    Last Modified: 03 Oct 2013 11:16
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1813

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