Date of Graduation
Honors Research Project
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Nursing RN/BSN Akron
Dr. Christine Heifner Graor, Dr. Judith Juvancic-Heltzel (co-sponsor)
The prevalence of developmental disabilities in children in the United States is a serious problem. Since children with developmental disabilities often show decreased self-efficacy and balance, researchers have studied the effects of interventions in this population. The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of a 10-week THR session on balance and task-specific self-efficacy in children with physical disabilities ages 6 to 18 years old. Bandura’s social cognitive theory and The Physical Stress Theory will guide the quasi-experimental study. A pre-test post-test design will be implemented over a 12 week span at 3 different riding centers in the Midwest United States. Data collection will begin after an approval from the university review board and obtaining a signed informed consent and assent. Data will be collected through surveys and analyzed with same-sample t-tests.
Hurley, Lauren M. and Smola, Alexandra, "The Effect of Therapeutic Horseback Riding on Balance and Self-Efficacy in Children with Developmental Disabilities" (2016). Honors Research Projects. 184.