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A simulation study of the effect of therapeutic horseback riding : a logistic regression approach

By Jeanette Pauw

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Therapeutic horseback riding (THR) uses the horse as a therapeutic apparatus in physical and psychological therapy. This dissertation suggests a more appropriate technique for measuring the effect of THR. A research survey of the statistical methods used to determine the effect of THR was undertaken. Although researchers observed clinically meaningful change in several of the studies, this was not supported by statistical tests. A logistic regression approach is proposed as a solution to many of the problems experienced by researchers on THR. Since large THR related data sets are not available, data were simulated. Logistic regression and t-tests were used to analyse the same simulated data sets, and the results were compared. The advantages of the logistic regression approach are discussed. This statistical technique can be applied in any field where the therapeutic value of an intervention has to be proven scientifically.


Mason N McLary

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Date 1998
Pages 115
Publisher University of South Africa
Location of Publication Pretoria, South Africa
Department Science
Degree Statistics
Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Animal roles
  3. Health
  4. Horseback riding therapy
  5. Horses
  6. Mammals
  7. Mathematics and statistics
  8. Physical therapy
  9. Psychiatry and psychology
  10. surveys
  11. Techniques
  12. Therapeutic horsemanship
  13. therapy
  14. therapy animals