Effects of Horticultural Therapy on the Improvement of the Self-Esteem and Sociality of Mentally Retarded Persons

원예치료프로그램의 적용이 정신지체장애인의 자기주장 및 사회성 향상에 미치는 영향

  • 박민희 (동신대학교 산업용가속기이용생물연구센터) ;
  • 차영주 (동신대학교 산업용가속기이용생물연구센터) ;
  • 유영원 (전라남도장애인종합복지관) ;
  • 부희옥 (동신대학교 생물자원산업화지원센터) ;
  • 이숙영 (동신대학교 생물자원산업화지원센터)
  • Published : 2004.10.01


This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of phased horticultural therapy(HT) program on the experience of psychologic therapy and the development of job and social integration in the mentally handicapped persons. In this study, the mentally handicapped persons participated in HT program were chosen in disabled person's welfare institute of Jeonnam. HT program was performed twice a week with 1 hour activity for 4 months. As a results, the mentally handicapped persons participated in HT program showed high interest of horticulture and improvement of self-respect and the high satisfactory degree of HT program. Therefore, the mentally handicapped persons were showed the experience of both physical and mental therapy, improvement of self-esteem scale and sociality in HT program. Also, the application of HT program with continuously interest will be showed high improvement of physical, psychological and sentimental. In the course of this HT program progress, horticultural therapist and social welfare officer were showed the limitation of role. Therefore the leaders of group for successful HT program be required the comprehensive plan of more efficient HT program and induced technique of continuously up-phased improvements in HT program progress.


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