The Human/horse Relationship in Females as Related to the Capacity for Empathy, Absorption, and Repression

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ProQuest, 2008 - 64 pages
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This study sought to examine the relationship between humans and horses to the Adlerian concept of social interest. The human/horse relationship was defined by relationship maintenance and intimacy towards horses and favorable attitudes towards horses. Social interest was determined by the capacity for empathy and absorption as well as the tendency to avoid defensiveness and repression. Multiple regression analyses were used to determine the relationship between measures of empathy, absorption, repression and measures of relationship maintenance, intimacy, and favorable attitudes towards horses. Results showed that absorption was significantly related to intimacy with horses; however, other measures of empathy and repression were not significant. Suggestions for future research of the psychological benefits of the human/horse relationships will be discussed.
  

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Social Interest
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METHOD
16
RESULTS
24
DISCUSSION
40
REFERENCES
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