The Psychotherapy Benefits of Horticultural Therapy: A Case Study on Parentless Children
Volume 4, Issue 6, December 2016, Pages: 416-425
Received: Dec. 6, 2016;
Published: Dec. 7, 2016
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Ta-Ching Liang, Department of Leisure and Recreation, National Formosa University, Yunlin, Taiwan
Yen-Hsi Li, Department of Leisure and Recreation, National Formosa University, Yunlin, Taiwan
Chun-Pin Chang, Department of Landscape, Chung Chou University of Science and Technology, Zhanghua, Taiwan
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Child-care institutions have been traditionally known as the "orphanage", but due to the changing of social needs, the asylum object presents a wide range to integrated single-parent family, poverty or child protection cases. These people are facing a situation of multiple disadvantaged. They have more pressure than any other children. So a long period of negative effect of emotions may cause depression, thus triggering the motive of this research. This research hopes thronging the different Horticultural Therapy activity for children living in Children’s home have what kind of benefit, And hope by through Horticultural Therapy to reduce negative behavior of resident children. Our case study is on the children of one private-donated foster home in Taichung area. Before the experiment, educators sampled 10 children with the age range of 10 to 13 years old. 20-week horticultural therapy courses are taken for kids in four levels activities, which are Indoor, outdoor, horticultural handicraft and group activities. Before and after the Depression Scale assessment found：Depression degree of effectiveness can be reduced. The t-test found significant differences when completed Horticultural therapy fourth level course (20 weeks) in melancholy circumstances around these case. Implementation of Horticultural therapy courses of depression degree in five indicators, With negative emotions have a greater effect of mitigation. Although part effects found in life-adapting, it found no significant difference in life-adapting situation before and after in t-test. Horticulture therapy courses would be significant effective suggest more than 20-week courses for 9-13 year-old children. Suggest observed performance and response change of internal and external of children in long-term tracking.
Horticultural Therapy, Psychotherapy Benefits, Parentless Children
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The Psychotherapy Benefits of Horticultural Therapy: A Case Study on Parentless Children, Science Discovery.
Vol. 4, No. 6,
2016, pp. 416-425.