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Effects of therapeutic horseback riding on post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans
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| Contributor(s):: Rebecca A Johnson, David L. Albright, James R. Marzolf, Jessica L. Bibbo, Hayley D. Yaglom, Sandra M. Crowder, Gretchen Carlisle, Amy Willard, Cynthia L. Russell, Karen Grindler, Steven Osterlind, Marita Wassman, Nathan Harms, Marcy Wilhelm-South
Background Large numbers of post-deployment U.S. veterans are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI), leading to an urgent need for effective interventions to reduce symptoms and increase veterans’ coping. PTSD includes anxiety,...
Human–Animal Interaction Research in School Settings: Current Knowledge and Future Directions
| Contributor(s):: Nancy R. Gee, James A. Griffin, Peggy McCardle
The involvement of animals is almost commonplace in many schools, although actual data documenting the extent and nature of human–animal interaction (HAI) in these settings are sparse. We provide an overview of the existing research and argue that the inclusion of animals in classroom...
Integration of Animal-Assisted Therapy Standards in Pediatric Occupational Therapy
| Contributor(s):: Sara J. Shue, Melissa Y. Winkle, M J Mulcahey
The primary purpose of this study was to describe how the best practice recommendations and standards of practice related to animal-assisted therapy (AAT) are being incorporated into pediatric occupational therapy (OT). The study design was a nonexperimental survey that identified the...
The Italian Agreement between the Government and the Regional Authorities: National Guidelines for AAI and Institutional Context
| Contributor(s):: Martina Simonato, Marta De Santis, Laura Contalbrigo, Daniele Benedetti, Elisabetta Finocchi Mahne, Vincenzo Ugo Santucci, Silvio Borrello, Luca Farina
Animal-assisted interventions (AAI) have developed considerably in the last half century, prompting various private and public realities dealing with AAI worldwide to work on and establish standards and best practice. However, AAI are still far from being regulated harmoniously. In this context,...
Minor Immediate Effects of a Dog on Children's Reading Performance and Physiology
| Contributor(s):: Lisa Schretzmayer, Kurt Kotrschal, Andrea Beetz
Literacy is a key factor in occupational success and social integration. However, an increasing number of children lack appropriate reading skills. There is growing evidence that dogs have positive effects on reading performance. We investigated the short-term effects of dogs on reading...
Ei haukku haavaa tee : esite koira-avusteisesta kasvatus- ja kuntoutustyöstä
| Contributor(s):: Inka Kansi, Anni Kauppinen
Koirien merkitystä ihmisten hyvinvoinnin kannalta on viime vuosina käsitelty tutkimuksissa ja mediassa laajasti. Opinnäytetyön tavoitteena oli tuottaa sosiaali-, terveys- ja kasvatusalojen ammattilaisille suunnattu esite yhteistyössä Koirat kasvatus- ja...
Educação assistida por animais : intervenção em crianças com alterações de comportamento
| Contributor(s):: Ãngela Maria Dias de Vilhena e Mascarenhas
A realização deste estudo terá a intenção de levantar a possibilidade e verificar a exequibilidade da implementação de projectos / programas de Intervenções Assistidas por Animais / Educação Assistida por Animais...
The efficacy of therapy dogs as teaching adjuncts in promoting empathy in preschool children
| Contributor(s):: Michael Jeffrey Donaldson
The purpose of this study was to present empirical evidence about the efficacy of using therapy dogs as teacher adjuncts in schools to promote the social and emotional skills of preschool-aged children. Across a nine-week period of time, preschool-aged children assigned to the treatment...
Koirakuuntelijat : koira-avusteinen työskentely koulukiusaamiseen puuttumisessa
| Contributor(s):: Merja Lundelin
Kehittämistyöni tavoitteena oli tehdä koulukiusaamisprojektista projektisuunnitelma. Hankkeen aloitteentekijänä on Suomen Karva-Kaverit ry. Kehittämistyöni aihe on hyvin ajankohtainen, koska koulukiusaamiseen kiinnitetään huomiota joka...
Human - animal interaction and the benefits to mental health: A phenomenological study
| Contributor(s):: Jasmin Jau
The prevalence of mental illness is a major concern in Australia and worldwide. It is one of the leading causes of disability in Australia and it is estimated that globally one in four people will experience a mental illness at some point in their life. One of the lesser known therapies and...
Beliefs About Animal Assisted Interventions Among Medical Social Workers
| Contributor(s):: Gyda D. Boyd
Animal‑Assisted Intervention (AAI) is used to significantly reduce pain, lower blood pressure, decrease anxiety, and help ease depression in people with a range of health problems; however, it is not readily used in the hospital setting. Research involving the Human‑Animal Bond (HAB) is well...
Eläimet työhyvinvoinnin tukena : palvelumalli eläinavusteiseen työskentelyyn
| Contributor(s):: Pauliina Mielonen
Tämä opinnäytetyö toteutui työelämälähtöisenä tutkimuksellisena kehittämishankkeena, jonka tavoitteena oli tuottaa Finla Työterveys Oy:lle työhyvinvointia tukeva palvelumalli eläinavusteiseen työskentelyyn. Tarkoituksena...
Eficácia da intervenção assistida por animais na autopercepção de saúde, autoestima, sintomas depressivos e qualidade de vida relacionada à saúde em idosos residentes em instituição de longa permanência
| Contributor(s):: Renata Coelho Freire Batista Queiroz
O envelhecimento populacional e as mudanças na dinâmica familiar estão levando um número maior de pessoas a residirem em Instituições de Longa Permanência (ILPI), refletindo na qualidade de vida dos idosos. Algumas terapias não medicamentosas...
A Powerful Approach or the Power of Horses: Is Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy an Effective Technique or the Natural Effect of Horses?
| Contributor(s):: Jessica S. Iwachiw
The lives of humans and animals have been intertwined through time immemorial, and in many instances the relationship between humans and animals has been thought to be good for human well-being. As such, it is not surprising that treatments for a wide range of ailments, from physical to...
Oct 16 2017
Animal-Assisted Interventions: Integrate Animals to Enhance Treatment in Clinical Practice
A Quantitative Study of Animal-Assisted Interventions with Youth Who Have Experienced Maltreatment
| Contributor(s):: Meghan Elizabeth Anderson
Youth who have experienced maltreatment (abuse, neglect, exposure to violence) typically exhibit worse life outcomes (lower graduation rates, higher incident of substance use, unplanned pregnancies, etc.). Effective therapeutic interventions are important to combat these negative effects. Animal...
The Experiences of the Central Texas Elderly and Animal-Assisted Interventions in Assisted-Living Facilities via Medicalization
| Contributor(s):: Heather Nicole Yonce
Medicalization is defined as a “process in which personal and social problems and behaviors have come to be viewed as diseases or medical problems that the medical and allied health professionals have a mandate to ‘treat’” (Kaufman 1994, 45-46). Medicalization is enacted...
The Effect of Dog-Assisted Intervention on Student Well-Being, Mood, and Anxiety
| Contributor(s):: Dasha Grajfoner, Emma Harte, Lauren M. Potter, Nicola McGuigan
This novel, exploratory study investigated the effect of a short, 20 min, dog-assisted intervention on student well-being, mood, and anxiety. One hundred and thirty-two university students were allocated to either an experimental condition or one of two control conditions. Each participant...
Sep 08 2017
Professionalizing the Passion - Pet Partners Conference 2017
Aug 17 2017
Animal-Assisted Interventions: An Incredible Range of Therapeutic Benefits