Therapy Dogs as a Preventive Measure for Rabies Exposure and Mental Health Issues in Deployed Troops
Theses | Contributor(s): Jacob Monroe Davenport
I have been fortunate to gain an invaluable experience while completing my Masters of Public Health at the Fort Riley Military base. Under the direction of Dr. Paul Benne and many of his support staff I have learned many aspects and functionality of the day-to-day operations of a public health...
The horse as an "enabler" in horseback riding : the history of therapeutic horsemanship
Conference Papers | Contributor(s): Susanna Hedenborg
The horse as an “enabler” in horseback riding – the history of therapeutic horsemanship The purpose of this paper is to explore and analyse the history of therapeutic horsemanship in Sweden. Sports used as therapy have a long history. This paper however, will focus...
The Effect of Animals in the Classroom on Emotionally Disturbed Students
Theses | Contributor(s): Alissa Donnell
Students with emotional disturbances are often the first to drop out of school. Having an effective technique to prevent the high drop out rate in any school will be beneficial to educators and administration. The following research study answers the question "How do emotionally disturbed...
The benefits of pet companionship in emerging adults
Theses | Contributor(s): Leighann DeMarco
The present study examines the benefits associated with pet companionship in emerging adults. Past research suggests that pet companionship can have many positive impacts on individuals’ lives; however, little research has explored pet companionship during the transitional developmental...
Animal-assisted intervention as health promotion for elderly persons with dementia
Theses | Contributor(s): Christine Olsen
Dementia is an increasing health concern for old people, their families, and their social and health care providers. A range of health care services is needed for persons with dementia, ranging from home-based services, respite care (e.g. attending a day-care centre), to residential care at a...
What is your pet telling you?: Leslie Stewart at TEDxIdahoFalls
Videos | Contributor(s): Leslie Stewart
The human-animal bond has proven biological, psychological, and social effects – some that people recognize and some that people don’t. Knowing more about what your pet sees and feels within you can help you heal and be more healthy. It’s time to find out what your pet is...
Anyone's best friend: A qualitative exploration of the positive influences of animal assisted therapy on mental health and well-being
Reports | Contributor(s): Stephanie Wood
Animal assisted therapy is becoming a widely used alternative psychotherapy. Research has shown animals to have positive influences on the physical, emotional, social and psychological aspects of the human psyche. This study explored the positive influences animal assisted therapies had on...
Hippotherapy in the GNR: a form of proximity to the citizen
Theses | Contributor(s): Nuno Afonso
Hippotherapy In GNR: a form of proximity to the citizen" is a work that shows the solidarity and human side in a security force. The GNR, a centennial security force, unique in the country with solipeds in its organic, profitable this means not only in the fulfillment of its general...
Farm animal-assisted interventions in clinical depression
Theses | Contributor(s): Ingeborg Pedersen
Depression affects millions of people every year. Depressed individuals suffer from depressed mood, loss of interest and enjoyment, reduced energy, diminished activity, reduced attention and concentration and reduced self-esteem. The consequences are substantial both for each individual and for...
Animal-Assisted Therapy: Mental, Physical, and Emotional Benefits Provided through Occupational Therapy
Theses | Contributor(s): Madeline C. Greene
The idea of animal-assisted therapy seems like it may be a new alternative of therapy, but in reality it dates back to ancient Egypt and dogs were considered sacred and used as a healing power (Fine, 2000). AAT is commonly used in Occupational Therapy where benefits can be identified physically,...
Physically disabled adolescents' experience of therapeutic riding : a phenomenological investigation
Theses | Contributor(s): Suzette Weideman
This dissertation serves as a report of a qualitative exploration of the experience of adolescents with physical disabilities during therapeutic horse-riding. The aim of the study is to understand the impact of therapeutic riding on the lived world of the participants in this unique form of...
The search for the cure : exploring the mystery behind the importance of animal therapy, music therapy, and weighted vests on children who have autism
Theses | Contributor(s): Hailey Paver
The number of people diagnosed with autism has been dramatically increasing over the last ten years. It is estimated that in the next decade there will be more than four million people on the autism spectrum. There is a mystery surrounding autism in the world today, and that is because the cause...
Animal-Assisted Interventions as a Learning Aid – A Literature Review
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Robyn Lawes
Animal-assisted interventions (AAI) on learning and mental health is an evolving matter within psychology. In past history, such mediations have been held to ridicule by scholars who deemed animals to be insignificant within the field. Today, the American Humane Association postulates that the...
Current Perspectives on Therapy Dog Welfare in Animal-Assisted Interventions
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Lisa Maria Glenk
Research into the effects of animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) has primarily addressed human health outcomes. In contrast, only few publications deal with the therapy dog experience of AAIs. This paper provides an overview on potential welfare threats that therapy dogs may encounter and...
Therapeutic activities associating the animal, for a better quality of life in the hospital
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Didier Vernay
It is common to say or publish that the Animal-AAA Therapeutic Activities in the hospital are pioneers. This statement becomes false. In France, we now have a history, theoretical foundations, concepts, programs and current experiments that deny this position (ref. "The dog: a partner of...
Animals in recovery: how to develop an animal therapy program at a residential treatment facility for people with a mental health diagnosis
Theses | Contributor(s): Sarah Ann Kintz
Animal therapy has many health benefits for people and can be incorporated into the mental health recovery process. People with a mental health diagnosis can suffer from many negative mental health symptoms. Currently there is not a formal animal therapy program for people living at a...
We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit equine assisted activities and therapy program located in Middleburg, Florida. It is our mission to improve the quality of life of children and adults with various diagnoses with the help of our incredible horses. It has been our delight to serve Northeast Florida...
Are Companion Animals the Secret to Good Health?
Posters | Contributor(s): Bradley Smith, Petra Bywood
People keep pets for companionship, recreation and protection rather than for the specific purpose of enhancing health. However, a considerable body of literature supports the idea that companion animals can improve overall quality of life, including physical, social and psychological health,...
Bakas Riding Center
Bakas Equestrian Center has been a highly successful program since 1987. It offers horseback riding to children and adults and specializes in those with disabilities. Operated by the Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department, the program provides group riding lessons, trail...
Evaluating the efficacy of equine therapy among at-risk youth: a meta-analysis
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Wilkie, K. D., Germain, S., Theule, J.
The present meta-analysis examined the efficacy of equine therapy among an at-risk youth population. Seven studies quantitatively assessed the treatment effects following involvement in an equine therapy program. The random effects model was used to aggregate each study into an overall effect...