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Effectiveness of Animal-Assisted Therapy: Therapists' Perspectives

By Nichole M. Budahn, Valandra (adviser)

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Animal-assisted therapy has frequently been used with children who have autism spectrum disorder. This study examined animal-assisted therapists' perceptions of effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy with children who have DSM-IV mental health diagnoses. The researcher recruited self-identified animal-assisted therapists using social media sites LinkedIn and Facebook. Two therapists completed the fourteen question qualitative survey in full. Three themes were found in this study; comfort, confidence, and benefits. While this study produced definite themes, more research needs to be conducted on animal-assisted therapy and children with DSM-IV mental health disorders. Very few studies have been conducted on the impacts of animal-assisted therapy with children who have a various DSM-IV mental health disorders.


Megan Kendall

Purdue University

Date 2013
Pages 42
Publisher St. Catherine University
Location of Publication St. Paul, Minnesota
Department Social Work
Degree Master of Social Work
Language English
Notes This thesis was found at SOPHIA, an online repository for St. Catherine University:
University St. Catherine University
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  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Attitude of health personnel
  4. Autism
  5. Mental health and well-being
  6. Qualitative Research
  7. Studies
  8. therapists