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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

By Erin Nicole Armour

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Abstract

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 are at greater risk for attrition than able-bodied female college students (Gmelch, 1998). This dissertation discusses the benefits and criticisms of animal-assisted therapy as an adjunctive intervention for depression and anxiety in this population. It also provides guidelines for implementing it into psychotherapy practice and research.

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Deborah Maron

Date 2012
Pages 71
Department School of Professional Psychology
Degree PsyD
URL https://corescholar.libraries.wright.edu/etd_all/1123/
Language English
University Wright State University
Tags
  1. Adolescents
  2. Affective symptoms
  3. Animal-assisted therapies
  4. Blood Pressure
  5. Disabilities
  6. Gender
  7. Health
  8. Health care
  9. Human-animal interactions
  10. Practice and service
  11. Psychotherapy
  12. social support
  13. therapy animals
  14. Universities and Colleges