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Relationen mellan aktiviteter med hästar och psykosocial utveckling hos barn med autismdiagnos: En kvalitativ studie av föräldrars erfarenheter
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences, St Lukas Educational Institute.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The relationship between activities with horses and psychosocial development ofchildren with autism diagnosis : A qualitative study of parents' experiences (English)
Abstract [sv]

Denna studie har genomförts i syfte att öka kunskapen om psykosocial utvevckling hos barn med autismdiagnos i relation till aktiviteter med hästar. Studien är kvalitativ, baserad på fem intervjuer av föräldrar och det ingår fältobservationer. Intervjuerna har bearbetats enligt induktiv tematisk analys och redovisas under tre teman relaterade till barnens samspel med sin omvärld. Resultatet visar att aktiviteten med hästar inverkar positivt  på barnens vilja och förmåga att samspela och kommunicera med omvärlden. Färdigheterna visar sig i samspel med barn såväl som med vuxna, både inom familjen och i andra sammanhang. Studiens resultat visar överensstämmelse med tidigare forskning, samt att aktivitetens mångfassetterade innehåll och effekter synliggörs. Resultat som överraskar är erfarenheter av barnens annorlunda relation och kommunikation med hästar, samt iakttagelser av ridningens omedelbara effekter på barnen. Forskning föreslås ur ett familjeperspektiv där barnets röst lyfts fram, samt fortsatt forskning på ridningens fysiologiska effekter i relation till socialt interagerande.   

Abstract [en]

This study has been conducted in order to increase knowledge about psychosocial development in children with autism diagnosis in relationship to activities with horses. The study is qualitative, based on five interviews with parents and includes field observations. The interviews have been processed according to inductive thematic analysis and are reported under three themes related to the childrens interaction with their environment. The result shows that the activity with horses has positive impact on the children's desire and ability to interact and communicate with the outside world. The skills manifests in interaction with children as well as with adults, both within the family and in other settings. The result of the study indicates conformity with previous research, and the event's multi-facetted content and effects are made visible. Surprising results are experiences of the children's different relationship and communication with horses, and observations of the immediate impact on the children when riding. Research from a family perspective highligtening the voice of the child is proposed, as well as further research on physiological effects of horseback riding in reltionship to social interacting.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 26 p.
Keyword [en]
children, autism, autism spectrum disorder, equine assisted therapy, animal assisted activity, animals and humans
Keyword [sv]
Children, Autism, Autism spectrum disorder, Equine assisted therapy, Animal assisted activity, Animals and humans
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-5475OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-5475DiVA: diva2:1040776
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Psykoterapeutprogrammet
Available from: 2016-11-03 Created: 2016-10-28 Last updated: 2016-11-03Bibliographically approved

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