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Berättelser om hästar på behandlingshem
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2008 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study examined constructions of horses and means staff working with horses parallel to therapy in institutional care ascribes to horses. A narrative method was used and the theoretical framework was social constructionism. A question was asked to the narratives: How can practice in institutional care be understood through these stories? The result showed different pictures of institutional care. Horses seem to provide a multi-faceted therapeutic tool. Through the horses staff could establish relations built on trust with their clients. The stable-environment and the horses provided healthy recreation and a social competence usable for clients in life. The constructions of horses also seemed related to the means ascribed to them in the daily life of the institution. So far there has been little research about animals in Swedish institutional care. If there are animals in institutions they probably fill some kind of function for social work and therefore the phenomena needs to be further examined. Especially as research claim economical and social benefits in using animals in human health care. Animals have been looked upon as trivial but the academic discipline dealing with relations between animals and humans, anthrozoology, has gained respect and is now considered serious.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 40 p.
Keyword [en]
equine, pet, animal, human-animal, institutional care, Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT).
Keyword [sv]
Häst, djur, behandlingshem, berättelse, narrativ, vård;
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8431OAI: diva2:200262
Available from: 2009-01-12 Created: 2009-01-12Bibliographically approved

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