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ERIC Number: EJ1139331
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2325-7466
Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy on a Student with an Emotional/Behavioral Disorder
Boe, Val Rae M.
Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, p25-47 Win 2008
This single-subject action research project examines the effects of animal-assisted therapy on the self-esteem and classroom behaviors of a student with an emotional/behavioral disorder. An 18- year-old male attending a special education school in northeastern St. Paul participated in animal-assisted therapy research for four weeks. Quantitative data were collected from the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory and classroom behavior tracking sheets. The findings of this research reveal an increase in the student's self-esteem and an improvement in the student's classroom behaviors. The results of this study provide important evidence for teachers of students with emotional/behavioral disorders to further consider animal-assisted therapy as a tool to improve the social skills and self-esteem of students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota (Saint Paul)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale; Coopersmith Self Esteem Inventory
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A