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Hoof Prints on the Heart: A Qualitative Study on Staff Perceptions of the Influence of Equine-related activities on Individuals with Disabilities

Delaney, Ava (2022) Hoof Prints on the Heart: A Qualitative Study on Staff Perceptions of the Influence of Equine-related activities on Individuals with Disabilities. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Background and aims: There is a widespread stigma surrounding disabilities. To tackle this stigma, emphasis must be placed on the abilities of these individuals. To date, there is inadequate research directed towards the topic of impacts of equine-activities on those with disabilities. Particularly in Ireland, there has been no qualitative studies conducted in this area. The aim of this study is to explore what impacts the equine presence may have in the lives of those with individuals. this research will look at the physical, social and psychological benefits that may arise.

Method: participants were recruited using non-probability sampling. The target population was individuals who have experience in the equine environment and have also worked alongside those with disabilities. The sample size was six healthy participants (N= 6). The age range was 18-64 years (M= 35.17). Interviews were conducted with each participant via Microsoft Teams. Each interview lasted approximately thirty minutes. See Appendix B for potential questions. The data was then analysed using Braun and Clarke’s six phased thematic analysis.

Results: Five main themes were extracted: 1) Cognitive Abilities, 2) Self-concept, 3) Emotional Transformation, 4) Social Advancement and 5) Physical Development.

Conclusions: Equine-related activities has been deemed to have a positive impact on individuals with disabilities. It has been said to transform them personally and their lives. It benefits them physically, socially and psychologically. This is thoroughly discussed in this thesis.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture > Horses > Horse Sport
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2022 15:01
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2022 15:01
URI: https://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/5629

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