Dolphin-assisted therapy: more flawed data and more flawed conclusions
Contributor(s):: Marino, L., Lilienfeld, S. O.
Dolphin-Assisted Therapy (DAT) is an increasingly popular choice of treatment for illness and developmental disabilities by providing participants with the opportunity to swim or interact with live captive dolphins. Two reviews of DAT (Marino and Lilienfeld  and Humphries ) concluded...
Effect of aquariums on electroconvulsive therapy patients
Contributor(s):: Barker, S. B., Rasmussen, K. G., Best, A. M.
This study investigated the effect of an aquarium on pretreatment anxiety, fear, frustration and depression in electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) patients. 42 patients consecutively referred for ECT were rotated between rooms with and without aquaria. Self-reported measures of depression, anxiety,...
How depressive moods affect the behavior of singly living persons toward their cats
Contributor(s):: Rieger, G., Turner, D. C.
This study investigated how depressive feelings affect the behavior of singly living persons toward their cats. Data from 47 women and 49 men, who were visited at home for one two-hour observation session, were used for the analyses. Just prior to and after the observations, participants filled...
Pet companionship and depression: results from a United States Internet sample
Contributor(s):: Tower, R. B., Nokota, M.
Using Internet survey data from 2,291 respondents from the United States, we examined socio-demographic predictors of living with a cat or dog. Logistic regressions showed that, for men, being married, living with children, being Midwestern and non-urban increased odds of living with a pet. For...
Pet therapy effects on oncological day hospital patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment
Contributor(s):: Orlandi, M., Trangeled, K., Mambrini, A., Tagliani, M., Ferrarini, A., Zanetti, L., Tartarini, R., Pacetti, P., Cantore, M.
Background: Pet therapy is utilised to improve the quality of life of patients with chronic diseases. The impact of AAA (animal-assisted activities), a kind of pet therapy, on oncological patients submitted to chemotherapy was evaluated. Patients and Methods: Two groups of patients receiving...
Singly living people and their cats: a study of human mood and subsequent behavior
Contributor(s):: Turner, D. C., Rieger, G.
We sought to examine how cat owners' moods correlated with subsequent interactions with their cats. Such a relationship has not been previously documented. Data from 47 women and 49 men living alone with their cats were collected. Participants were visited at their homes for one two-hour session...
Horses as healers
Contributor(s):: Adams, C. L.