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  1. A summative evaluation of a dolphin assisted therapy program for children with special needs

    Theses | Contributor(s): Rachel M. Dilts

    This dissertation reviews the literature on the specialty area of dolphin assisted therapy (DAT), a subfield of animal assisted therapy (AAT). To date the literature on the effectiveness of DAT has been mixed although a majority of it is positive. The study was conducted with 40 parents whose...

  2. Effects of a trained therapy dog in child-centered play therapy on children's biobehavioral measures of anxiety

    Theses | Contributor(s): Annette L. Athy

    This study was concerned with reducing children’s anticipatory anxiety when entering mental health services for the first time. The purpose of this study was to determine whether combining two effective modalities, play therapy and animal-assisted therapy, would be effective in decreasing...

  3. The animal-human bond in the psychotherapy relationship: As a bridge towards enhanced relational capability

    Theses | Contributor(s): Joanne Marie Emmens

    This study reviews the use of the animal-human bond in the psychotherapy of clients who, as a result of early environmental failure have developmental deficits in their ability to form satisfying relationships, yet have been able to 'bridge' this gap by their attachment to an animal (or animal...

  4. The efficacy of equine assisted group counseling with at-risk children and adolescents

    Theses | Contributor(s): Kay Sudekum Trotter

    The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy of equine assisted group counseling as compared to in-school curriculum group guidance/counseling. Research examined externalizing, internalizing, maladaptive, and adaptive behaviors of elementary and middle school students who were...

  5. Effects of animal-assisted therapy for responding to passive behavior in elderly nursing home residents with dementia: A single subject design study

    Theses | Contributor(s): Cherie Ann Soprano

    Passive behavior (PB) is a behavioral disturbance that affects 61 to 88 percent of nursing home residents (NHRs) with dementia. PB in persons with dementia (PWD) often leads to such negative consequences as, social isolation, loss of physical functioning, excess disability, and further cognitive...

  6. Canine-assisted therapy: An emerging therapeutic practice

    Theses | Contributor(s): Kenneth M. Jastrow III

    Close relationships link all living things in the environment, but the forces that connect people and animals are especially strong and enduring. These forces of connection are being utilized for the advancement of human happiness and well-being in a therapeutic manner. This therapy is called...

  7. Animal assisted therapy and its effects on the elderly

    Theses | Contributor(s): Laura A. Locker

    "Another type of AAT is a non-institutional program for older adults Animal companionship is extremely important for all people, but it is especial important for the elderly. Many people think that the majority of elders live in nursing homes, but the fact is that the vast majority of older...

  8. A systematic review of the effects of psychotherapy involving equines

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alison Selby

    This systematic review examines the empirical literature in an emerging body of evidence for the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions involving equines across populations. Fourteen full reports in English were extracted from 103 studies accessed through sixteen electronic databases and a...

  9. Old man's best friend: Animal-assisted intervention for older people with dementia

    Theses | Contributor(s): Ann-Marie Wordley

    Dementia results in the loss of memory, intellect, rationality and social skills and is often accompanied by behavioural and psychological symptoms such as agitation, aggression, wandering and noisiness. Previous research has demonstrated that Animal-Assisted Interventions have some promise in...

  10. The effects of animal assisted interventions on children with autism during the movement assessment battery for children-2 (MABC-2)

    Theses | Contributor(s): Dannielle L. Miccinello

  11. Animal-assisted therapy using dogs: The benefits to children

    Theses | Contributor(s): Corrine E. Oian

    Animal-assisted therapy, including dogs, has gained widespread support and has been implemented in many areas throughout the past few decades. Animal-assisted therapy was first recorded in England in 1792, where mentally ill patients were given small animals for which to care. Since then dogs...

  12. Process, perspectives and benefits of animal assisted therapy

    Theses | Contributor(s): Laurie Christine Paquette

    The purpose of this study was to understand mental health/human services professionals‟ processes, perspectives, and beliefs about animal assisted therapy. There has been an increase in the use of animals in therapy over the last 40 years. Animals are being used to help clients with a variety of...

  13. Literature review and manual: Animal-assisted therapy

    Theses | Contributor(s): Mary Louise Cole

    In this paper research of animals in therapy is reviewed and then used to inform a manual on the topic. A history of the field, a discussion of terminology, and a summary of therapies utilizing animals prefaces the review. Key research in animal therapy is reviewed, followed by contemplation of...

  14. Animal-assisted therapy as an intervention for reducing depression among long-term care residents

    Theses | Contributor(s): Angela Condit

    The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of animal-assisted intervention on reducing depression and loneliness among older adults residing in a long-term care facility. Forty-eight residents from one long-term care facility in a northern Colorado city participated in the study....

  15. Animal-assisted therapy: An adjunctive intervention for reducing depression and anxiety in female college students with physical disabilities and guidelines for implementation into psychotherapy practice and research

    Theses | Contributor(s): Erin Nicole Armour

    The existing literature has indicated that women with physical disabilities are at greater risk for depression and anxiety compared to men with similar limitations and their able-bodied counterparts (Nosek & Hughes, 2003). In addition to this, female college students with physical disabilities...

  16. The benefits and limitations of pet therapy for people with dementia

    Theses | Contributor(s): Audrey Cowling, Susan McFadden (adviser)

    Evidence of a human-animal bond goes back to the origins of man. More recently, therapy that utilizes animals has been implemented in long-term care facilities to aid in the well-being of people with dementia. Pet therapy, or animal-assisted therapy, increases engagement with the environment,...

  17. Becoming relationally effective: High-risk boys in animal-assisted therapy

    Theses | Contributor(s): Abbey Ann Schneider

    This study was conducted to formally evaluate the effectiveness of the Human Animal Bond in Colorado (HABIC, 2010), an animal-assisted therapy (AAT) intervention based in 23 elementary schools in the Front Range; these terms are used interchangeably in this report. Previous research on the...

  18. Animal-assisted therapy: a volunteer's perspective

    Theses | Contributor(s): Jesse Rose Moorhead

    Animal Assisted Therapy is a non-traditional therapy method that has gained recognition in recent years. The literature on the subject is largely provided by professional counselors and licensed social workers. This study investigated the perspectives of the volunteer animal handlers who...

  19. Assessment of occupational therapists' attitudes and knowledge of animal-assisted therapy

    Theses | Contributor(s): Robin M. Hightower

    The purpose of this study was to assess the attitudes and knowledge of occupational therapists of animal-assisted therapy.

  20. Exploratory study of animal assisted therapy interventions used by mental health professionals

    Theses | Contributor(s): Dana M. O'Callaghan

    The purpose of this study was to explore the various animal assisted interventions mental health professionals incorporate in the therapeutic treatment process, as well as the various therapeutic purposes intended with each technique. Participants were recruited from animal assisted therapy...