Equine-assisted social education as a co-intervention to prevent dropout by improving social skills and engagement in learning

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This chapter aims to give an example of how a school-based program involving horses worked together with mental health professionals to engage pupils in assigned mental health care sessions and to decrease dropout. By using equine-assisted social education, the goal was to improve social skills, motivation, and learning. Interventions that involved empirical approaches with hands-on activities had more positive impact than those interventions with conversation or academic teaching and learning. There have been numerous interventions to prevent dropout, and promising results were gained in programs engaging pupils in their schools and connecting them to caring adults. The level of fulfillment of basic psychological needs defined the degree of engagement with school, or increased the sense of well-being. School dropout is a health, economic and social justice issue. The equine-assisted activities provided a method for people who had various problems; for instance, social and psychic problems or difficulties integrating with communities or taking part in a group.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEquine-Assisted Mental Health Interventions : Harnessing Solutions to Common Problems
EditorsKay Sudekum Trotter, Jennifer N. Baggerly
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationNew York
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-03728-1, 978-1-138-03729-8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-16414-4
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeD2 Article in professional manuals or guides or professional information systems or text book material

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • 515 Psychology

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