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Equine Assisted Programs for Military Service Members: A Program Evaluation Using Importance-Performance Analysis
by Hooker, Taylor, M.S., Clemson University, 2018, 80; 10792627
Abstract (Summary)

Developing research, anecdotal evidence and a growing focus on non-pharmacological interventions for veterans with post-traumatic stress support the use equine-therapy as a therapeutic outlet; however, programmatic factors that contribute to veteran’s desire to attend such programs are under-investigated. Furthermore, evaluative processes in equine therapy for this particular population are scare and vary greatly from program to program. The use of the Importance-Performance Analysis (IPA) tool when applied to social services yields direct, applicable feedback of program success and relevancy. In this study, interviews with the selected population informed the evaluation tool used to assess the importance, and subsequent performance, of various program factors in a national military-specific equine therapy program. Results of this study provided insight into key factors being sought after in similar equine therapy programs to inform the development and maintenance of programs serving the veteran population. The application of the IPA, a consumer feedback tool typically reserved for market research, to the health and human services sector provided a new pathway for quality assurance and program analysis for the equine therapy field.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Townsend, Jasmine
Commitee: Hawkins, Brent L., Lewis, Stephen
School: Clemson University
Department: Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
School Location: United States -- South Carolina
Source: MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Therapy, Health sciences, Recreation
Keywords: Equine assisted programs, Evaluation, Military, Program factors, Recreation therapy, Veterans health
Publication Number: 10792627
ISBN: 978-0-438-05401-1
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