Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy with Canine Co-Therapist: Attachment Model for Families with Young Children
| Theses | Contributor(s): Pamela Pitlanish, LMSW, IMH-E(IV)
Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) literature cites many references to human infancy. Terms such as bonding have been borrowed from human infancy research regarding the formation and purpose of close parent-infant dyadic relationships. Children and animals have natural affective relationships, and numerous studies have shown that both children and adults develop attachments to companion animals. There is a body of evidence pointing to positive results of animal-assisted therapy (AAT)...