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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 10/2021

25-06-2021 | Original Paper

An Equine-Assisted Therapy for Youth with Mild to Moderate Anxiety: Manual Development and Fidelity

Auteurs: Mary Acri, Meghan Morrissey, Robin Peth-Pierce, Lauren Seibel, Dana Seag, Emily K. Hamovitch, Fei Guo, Sarah Horwitz, Kimberly E. Hoagwood

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 10/2021

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Abstract

Childhood anxiety is common, yet approximately half of youth do not receive treatment due to stigma, mistrust of the mental health service system, extensive wait lists for services and provider shortages. Alternative models and modes of treatment are needed. This paper describes the development of an alternative treatment that incorporates cognitive behavioral components for anxiety into an adaptive/therapeutic riding program delivered by certified riding instructors in a horse stable that offers horseback riding and therapeutic horsemanship programs. Using PracticeWise®, a well-established database of evidence-based mental health practices for youth, we identified five therapeutic elements that are the most commonly examined in rigorous research for childhood anxiety, and integrated them into a manualized program of adaptive riding sessions. Excellent fidelity to the intervention (98.7% mean score) and high inter-rater reliability (k = 0.92) were achieved. This approach has implications for expanding access to and engagement in adaptive/therapeutic riding interventions.
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Metagegevens
Titel
An Equine-Assisted Therapy for Youth with Mild to Moderate Anxiety: Manual Development and Fidelity
Auteurs
Mary Acri
Meghan Morrissey
Robin Peth-Pierce
Lauren Seibel
Dana Seag
Emily K. Hamovitch
Fei Guo
Sarah Horwitz
Kimberly E. Hoagwood
Publicatiedatum
25-06-2021
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 10/2021
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-021-02011-4