Grønn omsorg i Agder : møter med ungdom som deltar i Inn på tunet
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Background: This study has been conducted on the background of my interest in Green Care. A collective term for activities where animals and nature is used for the rehabilitation of humans with different problems. Aim and research question: The aim of the study has been to see what experience the youths that attended project Green Care has gained. In addition I wanted to find out the importance of animals and nature. This lead to the following problem being addressed: What consequence has the participation in In the Courtyard had for the individual’s everyday life? Method: The method in this research project has been qualitative research interview with five informants. Qualitative content analysis is used as the method of analysis. Result: Findings in this study indicate the important factors are: good grown up role models, the feeling of being influential, confidence in contact with animals, time to talk, quietness and distance from previous experience, influence on own work tasks, not feeling any pressure/stress, using the body to chase away negative thoughts, community, support and encouragement. Conclusion: Youths that participate in In the Courtyard gain experience in management. Closeness and interaction with animals and nature make an important constituent in Green Care. The initiative is of immense value for youngsters who are marginalized in relation to school and working life. Key words: Green Care, recovery process, salutogenese, relations, animals and nature.
Masteroppgave i psykisk helsearbeid ME504 Universitetet i Agder 2013