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Animal-assisted intervention and social skills strengthening

Tjaša Božič (2014) Animal-assisted intervention and social skills strengthening. Diploma thesis.

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    Abstract

    The diploma thesis describe animal-assisted interventions, more precisely, the significance of animal-assisted interventions for strengthening of social skills. Theoretical part includes a detailed presentation of the benefits of therapeutic dog in work with vulnerable populations. I focused on delimitation of the term animal-assisted interventions which includes animal-assisted therapy and animal-assisted activity and the differences and similarities between them. I continued with therapeutic benefits of animals. Despite many positive effects of animal-assisted interventions I devoted the next chapter to the problems and possible obstacles which we may face in animal-assisted intervention. The last part of the theoretical work relates to social skills and the significance of the animal-assisted interventions for their strengthening. In the empirical part I used qualitative research, a semi-structured interview which I substantiated by participant observation with the aim to find out what is the role of animal-assisted interventions in strengthening social skills of children with difficulties in social integration. Results indicate that animal-assisted interventions have a big role in developing social accomplishments. The presence of therapeutic dogs increase openness of users to gain new experiences that can be generalised in their everyday lives.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: animal-assisted intervention, animal-assisted therapy, animal-assisted activity, social skills
    Number of Pages: 64
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Nataša Zrim MartinjakMentor
    asist. dr. Mija Marija Klemenčič RozmanComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=10288969)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 2596
    Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2014 14:10
    Last Modified: 13 Nov 2015 18:11
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/2596

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