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Self-Efficacy and Equine Assisted Therapy: A Single Subject Study

By Jessica H. Geddes, Sandra Jenkins PhD (adviser), Michel Hersen Phd ABPP (adviser)

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Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) is growing in popularity as an alternative to traditional talk therapy in treating a range of presenting concerns; however, there is little empirical research to support its use. In this study, the author added to the body of empirical literature on EAT’s impact on self-efficacy. This study was a single subject A-B-A-B design wherein the subject was a Caucasian 14-year-old girl participating in 8 sessions of EAT at a therapeutic riding center. The New Generalized Self-Efficacy (NGSE) scale was used to measure the subject’s perceived generalized self-efficacy. Results showed a significant increase in the subject’s NGSE scores over the course of 8 EAT sessions. Clinical implications and the need for further research are discussed.


Katie Osborn

Date 2010
Pages 42
Publisher Common Knowledge
Department Graduate Psychology
Degree Dissertation
Language English
University Pacific University
  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Hippotherapy
  3. Horses
  4. Mammals
  5. Studies