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Animal-assisted interventions: an integral piece of the collaborative treatment plan

By Maureen Renee Faiola

Category Theses
Abstract

This qualitative study was designed using a combination of research methods to explore the benefits of using animal-assisted therapy with vulnerable populations. An analysis of the literature revealed that animal-assisted therapy is a long-standing method of treatment but there is limited empirical research that can prove its effectiveness. The research that has been done shows evidence of success among children, patients with mental illness, and older adults.  Sources of Data  The findings were based on 11 semi-structured interviews with animal-assisted intervention teams.  Conclusions Reached  The findings suggest that animal assisted intervention can help increase socialization and motivation in children, improve cognition in older adults, and help regulate emotions in mental health patients. Due to a small sample size and the limits of a small demographic area this sample may not represent a complete analysis of the current usage of animal-assisted therapy but it does present valid research to prompt future studies on a larger scale.

Submitter

Katie Carroll

Date 2011
Pages 76
Publisher California State University Sacramento
Department Social Work
Degree Master of Social Work
URL http://hdl.handle.net/10211.9/1086
Language English
University California State University Sacramento
Tags
  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Animal roles
  4. Human-animal bond
  5. Pets and companion animals
  6. Social Work
  7. therapy animals