The purpose of this Master’s thesis was to explore the combination of inner martial arts and Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) and its effect on self-esteem in adolescent girls. A thorough investigation of the existing literature respectively identified the effects of the study of martial arts and the engagement in EAL programs on adolescents. This inquiry was synthesized with an event-driven multi-species case study: an applied research project in which a small group of rural Vermont high school girls participated in a four-week intensive study of the Korean inner martial art WonHwaDo (Appendix A) and EAL facilitated by the researcher. Patterns were observed, documented, and analyzed in order to contribute to the literature in both the field of EAL and youth intervention programming.
|Commitee:||Santo, Beverly, Sharp, Lloyd|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Adolescent self-esteem, Equine-assisted learning, Event-driven case study, Inner martial arts, Multi-species research, Youth intervention programming|
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