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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Attachment Theory and an Equine Prison-Based Animal Program: A Case Study
by Loeffler, Maris, M.A., Saint Mary's College of California, 2016, 93; 10017576
Abstract (Summary)

This counseling project examines the issue of recidivism and the need to realign the current system of retribution in favor of rehabilitative services in the United States prison system. Theoretically, this project reviews attachment theory as developed by John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth and ties the central constructs inherent to attachment theory to equine-assisted prison-based programs. Support and evidence of animal-assisted interventions as agents of healing and psychological growth is found in connection between theory and practice in the case study involving the selected hypothetical inmate, Robert. Robert explores his traumatic past using attachment theory based personal therapy sessions in conjunction with working with the horses through the prison-based animal program. Dialogue exchanges in therapy elucidated how Robert’s attachment to the horses and with his therapist developed. The resulting progression and insight building abilities he acquires may serve as preventative measures with respect to re-offense after release.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Thomas, Suzy, McCourt, Kim
Commitee: McCourt, Kim, Thomas, Suzy
School: Saint Mary's College of California
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Criminology
Keywords: Animal-assisted therapy, Attachment theory, Equine, Prison-based animal program, Recidivism, Rehabilitation
Publication Number: 10017576
ISBN: 978-1-339-50296-0
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