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Animal-assisted therapy for youth: a systematic methodological critique

By Dana. K. May, Nicholas P. Seivert, Annmarie Cano, Rita J. Casey, Amy Johnson

Category Journal Articles

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) for youth has the potential to benefit both physical and mental health outcomes. Yet little is known about the extent to which study designs in this area are aligned with established standards of intervention research. This critical review assesses current research methodologies focusing on AATs for youth with physical and mental health concerns. The main aims of this review are to advance the knowledge base of empirically supported treatments and identify next steps that researchers can take to secure the place of AATs as sound and valid interventions for youth.

Date 2016
Publication Title Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin
Volume 4
Issue 1
Pages 1-18
Language English
Additional Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animals
  4. APEC countries
  5. Behavioral research
  6. Children
  7. Developed countries
  8. Health care
  9. Humans
  10. Mammals
  11. Men
  12. Mental health and well-being
  13. Methodologies
  14. North America
  15. OECD countries
  16. open access
  17. peer-reviewed
  18. Pets and companion animals
  19. Primates
  20. Psychiatry and psychology
  21. Relationships
  22. Research
  23. Reviews
  24. services
  25. Social psychology and social anthropology
  26. Techniques
  27. technology
  28. therapy
  29. United States of America
  30. vertebrates
  31. youth
  32. Zoology
  1. open access
  2. peer-reviewed