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ZAMO, Renata de Souza  and  TRENTINI, Clarissa Marceli. Psychological assessment and therapeutic riding: una revisión sistemática. Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2016, vol.18, n.3, pp. 81-97. ISSN 1516-3687.

This paper aims at investigating empirical researches on therapeutic riding published between 2004 and 2014. We seek to verify characteristics of the samples, psychological constructs assessed, assessment tools, and psychological effects attributed to the processing of therapeutic riding. We analyzed twenty empirical studies, the vast majority of them were held with children and adolescents, six studies were done with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The measurement techniques mostly used were: interviewing techniques; behavioral observation; questionnaires; quality of life scales; functionality scales and specific groups scales. The most obvious results of therapeutic riding in the psychological context involved decreased anxiety and gains in social relationship. Gains in cognitive aspects were not clear. Comparing Brazilian and international studies, we have a lack of control group and of reliable measurements in both cases, but Brazil, does not seem to have a psychology culture in use research based on evidence in therapeutic riding.

Keywords : psychology; therapeutic riding; systematic review; pychological evaluation; equine-assisted therapy.

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