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  1. The effects of hippotherapy in children and adolescents with autism : a systematic review

    Contributor(s):: Emily Layne Ybarbo

    The purpose of this systematic review was to investigate the effectiveness of hippotherapy, also known as horse- or equine-assisted therapy, for improving the socialization and communication behaviors of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The PubMed research database was...

  2. The Perceived Psychosocial Benefits of Pet Ownership on Child Development: A Parental Perspective

    Contributor(s):: Erin K. Leahy

    The purpose of this review is to explore the beneficial role pets play in facilitating the psychosocial development of preadolescent children. It is proposed that the pet is perceived by both the child and parent as a developmental resource during preadolescent development, as it assists the...

  3. Student Perceptions of Introducing a Service-Dog-in-Training Program at Eastern Kentucky University

    Contributor(s):: Kara Worley

    For centuries, dogs have been utilized for therapeutic purposes, as pets, and as highly trained service animals. Past research has focused specifically on the benefits associated with utilizing service dogs, especially for people with disabilities and veterans. 4 Paws for Ability is an...

  4. Animal assisted interventions for people who stutter : a clinical guide

    Contributor(s):: Kelsey Marie Robin

    The emerging field of animal assisted therapy has many potentially beneficial applications. The use of animal assisted therapy with persons who stutter has been discussed in several public forums but has not currently been investigated through empirical research. The following report will explore...

  5. Will Animal Assisted Therapy Result in Shorter Length of Stay for Hospitalized Patients and Improve Basic Needs Status and Physical Outcomes Such as Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, and Pain?

    Contributor(s):: Mary Lynn Zaremba

    Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) has been thought to have a therapeutic effect upon humans, especially those individuals who are confined due to age or illness. Human-animal contact encourages socialization for the lonely; it promotes movement in the relatively immobile, and may serve as a memory...

  6. Interspecific attachment: social bonds between humans and their 'best friends'

    Contributor(s):: Morag G. Ryan

    Attachment refers to an individual seeking and maintaining close proximity to another individual. Although, relatively few studies have examined attachment in an interspecific context the human-dog bond has recently gained a great deal of attention, as this relationship has been subjected to...

  7. Effect of Socialization on Impulsivity in the Domestic Dog

    Contributor(s):: Mitcham Alexandra

    Impulsivity is defined as acting prematurely without forethought or foresight. Three assessments of impulsivity were compared in companion dogs: the delayed reward task, cylinder detour task, and the Dog Impulsivity Assessment Scale (DIAS). A strong correlation was observed between the behaviour...

  8. The Effect of the presence of a pet animal on the socialization behavior of withdrawn hospitalized persons with a psychiatric diagnosis

    Contributor(s):: Barbara P. Olchowy

    In recent years increased attention has been given to the special benefits that animals provide to the medically ill, the emotionally disturbed, the elderly, the physically impaired and the normal healthy person.  The effect of the presence of animal companionship has been associated with...

  9. Animal-Assisted Therapy: Benefits and Implications for Professionals in the Field of Rehabilitation

    Contributor(s):: Amanda M. Mangalavite, Thomas D. Upton (adviser)

    The use of animals for therapeutic purposes has been done for centuries. It wasn’t until the 20th century when people began to realize the potential the human-animal interaction had on our overall health. Professionals and organizations began to implement animal-assisted therapy (AAT)...

  10. Effects of a Pet Visitation Program on the Psychological Satisfaction, Social Interaction and Self Esteem of Institutionalized Elderly Women

    Contributor(s):: Melva Juanita Bost

    A descriptive study was conducted to determine if a pet visitation program was an effective intervention in promoting psychological satisfaction and improvingsocial interaction and self-esteem of elderly women living in a nursing home. Six subjects, aged 60 to 94 years, participated in this...

  11. The school and the animal other: An ethnography of human-animal relations in education

    Contributor(s):: Pedersen, Helena

  12. Understanding death in cultural context: A study of Mexican children and their families

    Contributor(s):: Gutierrez, Isabel T.