Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The efficacy of therapeutic horticulture and animal-assisted therapy to promote prosocial behavior in foster youth
by Suprise, Katrina L., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 68; 1523203
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine the efficacy of naturebased therapies to increase the social functioning of foster care youth. A convenience sample of 10 youth and secondary data were used in this study. At a confidence level of .05, results indicated a significant relationship between the use of combined therapies and the promotion of peer-preferred behavior (p = .07) as well as prosocial behavior/social competence (p = .05). The effects of the remaining two scales (school adjustment and teacher preferred behavior) were not significant. Further research is required to explore the efficacy of the evaluated therapies for the purpose of promoting pro social behavior. Recommendations for future studies include random sampling, use of a control group, an extended evaluation period, and use of an instrument that measures the frequency of prosocial behaviors.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Potts, Marilyn
Commitee: Jennings, Lisa, Meyer-Adams, Nancy
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Individual & family studies
Publication Number: 1523203
ISBN: 978-1-303-20492-0
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