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Mental health and therapy mediated by animals: a programme at the Porto Alegre's Center for Psychosocial Care for Children and Adolescents - TAA Part III

By C. B. Faraco, A. Pizzinato, M. C. Csordas, M. C. Moreira, M. L. S. Zavaschi, T. Santos, V. L. S. de Oliveira, F. L. Boschetti, L. de M. Menti

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The aim of this study was to examine the repercussions of an Animal Assisted Therapy programme among a group of patients at the Center for Psychosocial Care for Childhood and Adolescence at the Hospital de Clinicas of Porto Alegre in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The study focused on the psychosocial repercussions of these interventions on global functioning, psychiatric symptoms and peer relationships, as analysed by the Children Global Assessment Scale and Strengths Difficulties Questionnaire tools. The study included 28 children and adolescents aged 7-16 years and their guardians. The results showed that when the information are analysed as a whole, there are differences that tend to yield global functioning scores compatible with the category of normality.

Date 2009
Publication Title Saude Coletiva
Volume 6
Issue 34
Pages 231-236
ISBN/ISSN 1806-3365
Language Portuguese
Author Address FACCAT - RS, Brazil. zavaschi@terra.com.br
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  1. Activity
  2. Adolescents
  3. Animal-assisted therapies
  4. Brazil
  5. Children
  6. Developed countries
  7. Diseases
  8. Humans
  9. Latin America
  10. Mammals
  11. Mental disorders
  12. Mental health and well-being
  13. Mental illness
  14. Pets and companion animals
  15. Primates
  16. psychological well-being
  17. psychosocial issues
  18. Social psychology and social anthropology
  19. South America
  20. therapeutics
  21. therapy
  22. Threshold Countries
  23. United States of America