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A summative evaluation of a dolphin assisted therapy program for children with special needs

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dc.contributor.advisor Dykeman, Cass
dc.creator Dilts, Rachel M.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-27T17:32:01Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-27T17:32:01Z
dc.date.copyright 2008-12-03
dc.date.issued 2008-12-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/10224
dc.description Graduation date: 2009 en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation reviews the literature on the specialty area of dolphin assisted therapy (DAT), a subfield of animal assisted therapy (AAT). To date the literature on the effectiveness of DAT has been mixed although a majority of it is positive. The study was conducted with 40 parents whose children were attending a 2 week, 10 day DAT program in the Ukraine. A parent report scale using the Behavior Dimensions Rating Scale (BDRS) was administered on site pre and post therapy. The results support previous positive evidence in the field and suggest that this DAT program is effective with special children with special needs. More research should continue in the field to add to the body of knowledge by replication of DAT studies. Further research could include focusing on the theoretical assumptions of how it works. This research could help in creating national or international standards of practice, and to legitimize the field providing credible, ethical and quality services which affects both the humans and animals involved. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject dolphin assisted therapy en_US
dc.subject children with special needs en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Dolphins -- Therapeutic use en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Children with disabilities -- Rehabilitation en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Human-animal relationships en_US
dc.title A summative evaluation of a dolphin assisted therapy program for children with special needs en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in Counseling en_US
dc.degree.level Doctoral en_US
dc.degree.discipline School of Education en_US
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Crowley, J. Michael
dc.contributor.committeemember Rubel, Deborah
dc.contributor.committeemember Eakin, Gene
dc.contributor.committeemember Chan, Samuel

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