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Animal-assisted therapy with female inmates with mental illness: a case example from a pilot program

By Rachael A. Jasperson

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Abstract

Female offenders' mental health needs have consistently been shown to exceed those of male offenders. Incarcerated women report higher rates of violent victimization, major depression, posttraumatic stress diorder, mood disorders, substance use disorders, and personality disorders. For years, researchers have examined the human-animal relationship through the lens of attachment theory in order to understand the symbiosis that exists. The following article describes a pilot animal-assisted therapy program implemented at Utah State Prison for female inmates struggling with mental illness. Following this description, a clinical case example is used to illustrate the impact of this program on a particular group member.

Date 2010
Publication Title Journal of Offender Rehabilitation
Volume 49
Issue 6
Pages 417-433
ISBN/ISSN 1050-9674, 1050-9674
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10509674.2010.499056
URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10509674.2010.499056
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Attachment behavior
  3. Females
  4. Group therapy
  5. open access
  6. Prisoners
  7. psychiatric disorders
  8. stressors
  9. survivors
  10. United States of America
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