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Irish youth, urban horses and Equine Assisted Activities (EAA): a critically appraised topic

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dc.contributor.advisor Gallagher, MaryBeth Power, Mairead 2013-06-14T10:24:10Z 2013-06-14T10:24:10Z 2012
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Since the 1980’s, caring for horses has become an urban phenomenon, particularly for male youths, in many disadvantaged Irish communities, where high levels of social and occupational deprivation exist (Kelleher Associates and O’Connor 2007). Limited evidence on this occupation exists. There is also growing use of Equine Assisted Activities (EAA) with adolescents in Ireland. This critically appraised topic (CAT) aims to examine the psychosocial effects of EAA for adolescents aged between 10-18 years old. An extensive search of databases, which includes CINAHL Plus, Web of Knowledge, and PsycINFO, was conducted between April 2011 and March 2012. Papers were selected based on inclusion and exclusion criteria, then analysed using the Oxford Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (2011). Overall 8 studies met the inclusion criteria, these include 4 quantitative, 2 mixed method and 2 qualitative studies. The significance of participating in the occupation of keeping horse/s and its potential benefits for youth’s wellbeing are explored. This will be discussed in relation to what is known about the psychosocial effect of EAA when used therapeutically with adolescents. Key areas identified were resilience, social inclusion, participation and the complexity of occupation. The implications for occupational therapy and areas for future research are identified. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject occupational therapy en_US
dc.subject horses en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.subject urban en_US
dc.subject youths en_US
dc.subject EAA en_US
dc.title Irish youth, urban horses and Equine Assisted Activities (EAA): a critically appraised topic en_US
dc.type Master thesis (Taught) en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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