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Date of Award

Summer 6-24-2019

Degree Type

Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Matthew Hunsinger, PhD


The researcher examined attitudes towards helmet use among horseback riders drawing theoretical information from an established model. The study included 110 participants who self-identified as horseback riders. The original hypotheses regarding helmet wearers versus non-helmet wearers were unable to be tested due to the small number of participants identifying as non-helmet wearers. Instead, the researcher examined whether attitudes towards helmet use while horseback riding were related to education level, direct or indirect experience with concussions, and whether helmets are required in their chosen competitions. Statistically significant findings were found in all three groups on at least one attitude subscale. Implications of the findings and limitations are discussed.

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