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An Examination of the Lived Experiences of United States Military Veterans who have been Diagnosed with Psychological Inflictions of War who have Utilized Equine Assisted Therapy

By Thomas Frederick Banner

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As the result of multiple psychological conditions that are inflicted by war, the need for veterans’ well-being is ever evident. “PTSD changes the body’s response to stress, often making it difficult for PTSD victims to live their lives as they normally would” (Stokes, 2013, p. 1). It is possible to touch individuals who do not react to traditional therapy with a different type of therapy. It is recommended that veterans besieged with these same symptoms could benefit from therapy with animals. Renson (2010) concluded that animals have delivered numerous benefits to people using therapy. The benefits that animals offer in helping veterans break down the walls that are built from wartime experiences are astounding (Alers & Simpson, 2012). Renson (2010) noted that levels of loneliness and depression decreased, while levels of trust increased from Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT).

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Mason N McLary

HABRI Central

Date 2016
Pages 119
Publisher Louisiana State University
Location of Publication Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Department Human Resource Education and Workforce Development
Degree Philosophy
URL http://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/gradschool_dissertations/1186/
Language English
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  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Animal roles
  4. Animals in culture
  5. Health
  6. Hippotherapy
  7. Horses
  8. Mammals
  9. Military
  10. Pets and companion animals
  11. Physical environment
  12. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  13. Service animals
  14. Social Environments
  15. trauma
  16. veterans