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  1. Are Nurses Joining the Ride? Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies Review

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Background: Equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) is a rapidly growing practice that is described as therapeutic and entertaining. Complementary therapies such as EAAT are gaining acceptance as the health care needs of the population are changing. Method: This systematic review draws...

  2. Social Development of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder During Dog-Assisted Therapy: A Detailed Observational Analysis

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

  3. Parallels in the interactive effect of highly sensitive personality and social factors on behaviour problems in dogs and humans

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  4. Comparative efficacy of non-pharmacological interventions on agitation in people with dementia: A systematic review and Bayesian network meta-analysis

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

  5. Assessment of dental anxiety in children between 5 and 10 years of age in the presence of a therapy dog: a randomized controlled clinical study

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

  6. Animal-assisted therapy on happiness and life quality of chronic psychiatric patients living in psychiatric residential care homes: a randomized controlled study

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

  7. Animal-Assisted Therapy Improves Communication and Mobility among Institutionalized People with Cognitive Impairment

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

  8. Animal-Assisted Therapy as an Intervention for Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis to Guide Evidence-Based Practice

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

  9. Acceptability of AAI from the Perspective of Elderly Clients, Family Members, and Staff-A Pilot Study

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

  10. Bridging the Gap between Personality-Social Psychology and Human-Animal Interaction Research

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    Personality and social psychology are two of the broadest subfields within psychology. Social psychology extends into areas such as perception and cognition while providing more unique contributions in specific domains such as close relationships and aggression. Personality cuts across all areas...

  11. Human Helping of Animals: What Motivates It?

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    While considerable research has been carried out to understand helping offered to other humans, relatively little research has focused specifically on the motivations underlying helping for animals. It is possible that the social psychological helping literature may help shed light on the...

  12. No pets allowed: Landlord attitudes towards pets in a small Canadian city

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    Pet ownership is associated with greater mental and physical well-being, but it can also make some aspects of life more difficult. For example, many landlords have a 'no-pets' policy, which is especially problematic in areas where rental units are already in short supply. We examined...

  13. Homelessness and Animal Companionship in Bloomington, Indiana

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    This study is the first to examine Bloomington, IN's subpopulation of people experiencing homelessness with animals. To understand this subpopulation's basic demographics, social service needs, and existing resources, eight families were recruited for the study from a service fair...

  14. Animal-Assisted Interventions: Taxonomy and Best Practices

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Animals, particularly dogs, are gaining momentum in specialized Human-Animal Interactions. Dogs' roles range from pets, family members, volunteer visitors, and canine colleagues, to assistance dogs. This has also resulted in a need for uniform terminology to delineate between the different...

  15. Household Cats and Children's Mental Health

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    Despite household cats being the second most popular household pet in the United States, little is known about how cat ownership affects children's development. Although household cats are generally believed to have a positive effect on adult health there are potential risks and benefits of...

  16. Perceptions of a therapist using animal assisted therapy in an analogue brochure study: Is there a halo effect?

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Animal assisted therapy (AAT) involves the integration of an animal (usually a dog or horse) in a clinical setting as part of treatment for a broad range of presenting problems involving emotional distress, trauma, and stress related issues. The use of ATT by therapists is on the rise. Our...

  17. Effects of a therapy dog program on the wellbeing of older veterans living in a long term care residence

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    Current health care practices do not adequately meet the health needs of older adult war veterans. Increasingly, animal assisted interventions (AAIs) are being identified as potentially beneficial for this population. To explore this, this study, informed by a One Health framework, measured the...

  18. Influence of Biographical Variables and Academic Background on Attitudes towards Animal-Assisted Interventions

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    Over the past two decades, there has been increasing evidence of the benefits of animal-assisted interventions (AAI) among diverse groups and settings. However, little is known of the variables that can affect the attitudes of professionals towards these interventions. Two studies were done...

  19. Treating Pets Well: The Role of Attachment Anxiety and Avoidance

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    Although the benefits of human-animal interactions (especially pets and companion animals) for humans are becoming increasingly well-known and implemented, less work has been done examining how such interactions affect the animal. Understanding the owner-animal dynamic is more important than ever...

  20. Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy Among Children with Mental Health Disorders

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    Posters | Contributor(s): Leslie Irvine

    Background: Mental health illness is on the rise amongst children in the United States. Research is still underway about alternative forms of therapy to provide to this vulnerable population. One of the alternative therapies utilized is Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT). Objectives: The...