The effect of a therapy dog on the effectiveness of a child life intervention with adolescents experiencing grief and loss
Contributor(s): Jenna Teso, Craig LeCroy (adviser)
The experience of grief and loss is a process that can be extremely distressing to anyone, regardless of age. This may be especially true for youth. This study was designed and conducted to determine the effects of a therapy dog as a therapeutic adjunct in Child Life interventions with...
A case study of incarcerated males participating in a canine training program
Contributor(s): Nikki S. Currie, Fred O. Bradley (adviser)
The number of animal training programs in correctional facilities has increased in the past 25 years. Anecdotal accounts have informally assessed the efficacy of prison training programs; however, only limited systemic studies have been conducted (Britton & Button, 2005; Furst, 2006). Preliminary...
A summative evaluation of a dolphin assisted therapy program for children with special needs
Contributor(s): Rachel M. Dilts
This dissertation reviews the literature on the specialty area of dolphin assisted therapy (DAT), a subfield of animal assisted therapy (AAT). To date the literature on the effectiveness of DAT has been mixed although a majority of it is positive. The study was conducted with 40 parents whose...
Effects of a trained therapy dog in child-centered play therapy on children's biobehavioral measures of anxiety
Contributor(s): Annette L. Athy
This study was concerned with reducing children’s anticipatory anxiety when entering mental health services for the first time. The purpose of this study was to determine whether combining two effective modalities, play therapy and animal-assisted therapy, would be effective in decreasing...
The animal-human bond in the psychotherapy relationship: As a bridge towards enhanced relational capability
Contributor(s): Joanne Marie Emmens
This study reviews the use of the animal-human bond in the psychotherapy of clients who, as a result of early environmental failure have developmental deficits in their ability to form satisfying relationships, yet have been able to 'bridge' this gap by their attachment to an animal (or animal...
The efficacy of equine assisted group counseling with at-risk children and adolescents
Contributor(s): Kay Sudekum Trotter
The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy of equine assisted group counseling as compared to in-school curriculum group guidance/counseling. Research examined externalizing, internalizing, maladaptive, and adaptive behaviors of elementary and middle school students who were...
Effects of animal-assisted therapy for responding to passive behavior in elderly nursing home residents with dementia: A single subject design study
Theses | Contributor(s): Cherie Ann Soprano
Passive behavior (PB) is a behavioral disturbance that affects 61 to 88 percent of nursing home residents (NHRs) with dementia. PB in persons with dementia (PWD) often leads to such negative consequences as, social isolation, loss of physical functioning, excess disability, and further cognitive...
Canine-assisted therapy: An emerging therapeutic practice
Theses | Contributor(s): Kenneth M. Jastrow III
Close relationships link all living things in the environment, but the forces that connect people and animals are especially strong and enduring. These forces of connection are being utilized for the advancement of human happiness and well-being in a therapeutic manner. This therapy is called...
Animal assisted therapy and its effects on the elderly
Theses | Contributor(s): Laura A. Locker
"Another type of AAT is a non-institutional program for older adults Animal companionship is extremely important for all people, but it is especial important for the elderly. Many people think that the majority of elders live in nursing homes, but the fact is that the vast majority of older...
A systematic review of the effects of psychotherapy involving equines
Theses | Contributor(s): Alison Selby
This systematic review examines the empirical literature in an emerging body of evidence for the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions involving equines across populations. Fourteen full reports in English were extracted from 103 studies accessed through sixteen electronic databases and a...
Old man's best friend: Animal-assisted intervention for older people with dementia
Theses | Contributor(s): Ann-Marie Wordley
Dementia results in the loss of memory, intellect, rationality and social skills and is often accompanied by behavioural and psychological symptoms such as agitation, aggression, wandering and noisiness. Previous research has demonstrated that Animal-Assisted Interventions have some promise in...
The effects of animal assisted interventions on children with autism during the movement assessment battery for children-2 (MABC-2)
Theses | Contributor(s): Dannielle L. Miccinello
Animal-assisted therapy using dogs: The benefits to children
Theses | Contributor(s): Corrine E. Oian
Animal-assisted therapy, including dogs, has gained widespread support and has been implemented in many areas throughout the past few decades. Animal-assisted therapy was first recorded in England in 1792, where mentally ill patients were given small animals for which to care. Since then dogs...
Process, perspectives and benefits of animal assisted therapy
Theses | Contributor(s): Laurie Christine Paquette
The purpose of this study was to understand mental health/human services professionals‟ processes, perspectives, and beliefs about animal assisted therapy. There has been an increase in the use of animals in therapy over the last 40 years. Animals are being used to help clients with a variety...
Literature review and manual: Animal-assisted therapy
Theses | Contributor(s): Mary Louise Cole
In this paper research of animals in therapy is reviewed and then used to inform a manual on the topic. A history of the field, a discussion of terminology, and a summary of therapies utilizing animals prefaces the review. Key research in animal therapy is reviewed, followed by contemplation of...
Animal-assisted therapy as an intervention for reducing depression among long-term care residents
Theses | Contributor(s): Angela Condit
The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of animal-assisted intervention on reducing depression and loneliness among older adults residing in a long-term care facility. Forty-eight residents from one long-term care facility in a northern Colorado city participated in the study....
Animal-assisted therapy: An adjunctive intervention for reducing depression and anxiety in female college students with physical disabilities and guidelines for implementation into psychotherapy practice and research
Theses | Contributor(s): Erin Nicole Armour
The existing literature has indicated that women with physical disabilities are at greater risk for depression and anxiety compared to men with similar limitations and their able-bodied counterparts (Nosek & Hughes, 2003). In addition to this, female college students with physical...
The benefits and limitations of pet therapy for people with dementia
Theses | Contributor(s): Audrey Cowling, Susan McFadden (adviser)
Evidence of a human-animal bond goes back to the origins of man. More recently, therapy that utilizes animals has been implemented in long-term care facilities to aid in the well-being of people with dementia. Pet therapy, or animal-assisted therapy, increases engagement with the environment,...
Becoming relationally effective: High-risk boys in animal-assisted therapy
Theses | Contributor(s): Abbey Ann Schneider
This study was conducted to formally evaluate the effectiveness of the Human Animal Bond in Colorado (HABIC, 2010), an animal-assisted therapy (AAT) intervention based in 23 elementary schools in the Front Range; these terms are used interchangeably in this report. Previous research on the...
Animal-assisted therapy: a volunteer's perspective
Theses | Contributor(s): Jesse Rose Moorhead
Animal Assisted Therapy is a non-traditional therapy method that has gained recognition in recent years. The literature on the subject is largely provided by professional counselors and licensed social workers. This study investigated the perspectives of the volunteer animal handlers who...