The Impact of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy on Self Efficacy

A recent study examined the impact of equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) on self-efficacy of 13 adult female victims of interpersonal violence (IV). For eight weeks, the experimental group added weekly two hour EAP sessions to existing treatments. The comparison group received regular group therapy. Both groups received the same curriculum, the difference between groups the addition of EAP to the treatment already in progress.

Quantitative results found the EAP group with greater improvement across self-efficacy, depression, and general
functioning. Also, and importantly, several women from the EAP group were beginning to make significant life changes (leaving abusive relationships or setting firm boundaries) upon completion of the intervention.

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