Acquiring a dog and walking it: a preliminary examination of the possible physical activity and health benefits
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Nikolina M. Duvall Antonacopoulos, Timothy A. Pychyl
In light of the detrimental health consequences associated with insufficient physical activity, there is growing concern about the low percentage of adults who are sufficiently active. Given that some researchers have recommended that acquiring a dog should be promoted as a means of increasing...
Animal-assisted therapy in the view of staff members before and after implementation in a rehabilitation clinic
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Hediger, K., Hund-Georgiadis, M.
Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a method that is used with increasing frequency for patients with various problems in many rehabilitation programs. The success of such programs often depends on staff members' attitudes. However, there is little data investigating staff concerns about...
Pets on campus: best friend or bad decision?
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Lauren Highfill, Miranda Goodman-Wilson
This study explores the relationship between pet ownership and psychological benefits among college students. Sixty-six students either living with a pet on campus (n = 32; 16 dog owners, 16 cat owners) or not completed several assessments of stress and affective symptomatology during the first...
Who is interested in animal-assisted therapy (AAT)? Features of future psychotherapists and psychologists
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Noga Lutzky-Cohen, Margaret Schneider
Previous research has established benefits to incorporating AAT in psychotherapy (e.g., Chandler, 2012). A growing interest in animal-assisted therapy (AAT) among mental healthcare practitioners (Rossetti & King, 2010) warrants a deeper investigation into the features of future...
Enactive Anthrozoology: toward an integrative theoretical model for understanding the therapeutic relationships between humans and animals
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Theo Verheggen, Marie-Jose Enders-Slegers, Jannes Eshuis
Anthrozoology continues to advance forward in research and in professionalization of animal assisted interventions. What the discipline is still lacking, however, is a unified theoretical framework "explaining how and why relationships between humans and animals are potentially...
Animal-Assisted therapy in the treatment of substance use disorders: a systematic mixed methods review
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Klemetsen, M. G., Lindstrom, T. C.
There is a need for evidence-based interventions that can contribute to more positive treatment outcomes for substance use disorders. Animal-assisted therapy is a supplementary intervention in which certified animals are used in a structured and goal directed manner in the treatment of various...
Book Review: "Men and Their Dogs: A New Understanding of Man's Best Friend"
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): A. Matamonasa-Bennett
This volume is co-edited by Chris Blazina whose previous work, "When Man Meets Dog: What a difference a dog makes" (2016), was reviewed in this column last year and Lori Kogan. This fifteen chapter volume represents scholarly literature and research studies which explore the complex...