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The effects of pet therapy on the social behavior of institutionalized Alzheimer's clients

By L.G. Kongable, Kathleen C. Buckwalter, J.M. Stolley

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Abstract Twelve (N = 12) Alzheimer's (AD) residents of a Special Care Unit in a large midwest Veterans' Home were observed for the effects of the presence of a pet dog on eight social behaviors: smiles, laughs, looks, leans, touches, verbalizations, name-calling, and others. Observations took place on three separate occasions (absence of dog, temporary presence of the dog, and permanent placement of the dog) in both group and individual settings. The results showed that the presence of the dog increased the number of total social behaviors of the AD clients, but no differences were found in behaviors between the temporary and permanent placement of the dog.
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Stephanie Schaffner

Date 1989
Publication Title Archives of Psychiatric Nursing
URL http://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/555/
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Alzheimer disease
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Behavioral research
  4. Group therapy
  5. Individual therapy
  6. Pet therapy
  7. Social behavior