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  1. Exploring the influence of pet assisted activities on aggressive behaviour amongs grade R learners

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    | Contributor(s):: Jani Coetzee

    As a grade R teacher in South Africa, the researcher was disturbed by the extent of aggressive behaviour amongst children (aged 4 years to 6 years). Other teachers involved with the same class were of the opinion that the aggressive behaviour had a detrimental effect on their instructional time...

  2. Horses Healing the Wounded Warrior: A Qualitative Inquiry of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy in Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder for Female Veterans

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    | Contributor(s):: Rebecca R. Wara-Goss

    Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a major concern for military veterans in the United States and current research on women’s experiences in the military and the effects of their post-military PTSD are limited. Currently, there are a variety of evidence-based and alternative...

  3. Effects of an animal visitation intervention on the depression, loneliness, and quality of life of older people: A randomised controlled study

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    | Contributor(s):: Chanelle J Buckle

    Older people—especially those living in residential facilities—comprise a vulnerable and oftentimes frail, but large and growing subset of the global population. Various age-related and socio-political, -economic, and -environmental factors place the quality of life of older people...

  4. The effect of an animal-assisted visitation programme on children with intellectual disabilities : a randomised controlled study

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    | Contributor(s):: Khama Lucille Wyatt

    Intellectual disability is a developmental disorder which affects intellectual and adaptive functioning within a social, practical and conceptual domain. This is a lifelong disorder for which no cure exists. Intellectual disability is normally caused by trauma or genetic predispositions. In...

  5. Parents' and facilitators' perceptions of children with autism spectrum disorder in an equine-assisted learning programme

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    | Contributor(s):: Megan Butt

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) currently affects an estimated 1:68 children globally and is the second most common disability worldwide. ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by abnormal social behaviour, delays in language, sensory processing difficulties and restricted and...

  6. Animal-assisted activities in a halfway facility: A case study

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    | Contributor(s):: Juliette Rochelle van Besouw

    The female correctional population has increased dramatically over the last decade and continues to grow annually. Females on parole, including those in halfway facilities, face a variety of socio-economic, -environmental, and –political issues that have the potential to severely inhibit...

  7. Defining the qualities of an equine-facilitated mental health horse or pony : An introductory survey

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    | Contributor(s):: Madeline Rose DeBoer

    Equine-facilitated mental health (EFMH) is a practice within equine-assisted therapy (EAT) that has expanded greatly in the last 20 years, but scientific research is still lacking. Thus far, no attempt has been made to characterize the horses and ponies currently used in EFMH programs, or to...

  8. Reduciendo la soledad: terapia asistida con animales para adultos mayores de una residencia geriátrica

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    | Contributor(s):: Mariana De la Puente Cunliffe

    Los sentimientos de soledad son un problema común en adultos mayores que viven en residencias geriátricas y diversos estudios han encontrado los efectos negativos que generan en su salud. También, se ha encontrado que la Terapia Asistida con Animales (TAA) puede reducir...

  9. Using a systematic mapping review to examine equine-assisted activities and therapies for people with mental health through an occupational therapy lens

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    | Contributor(s):: Rachel Hardie

    Equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) are one type of complementary and/or alternative treatment for persons with mental illness. Various approaches have been used to improve individual's self-esteem, self-efficacy, and overall health (Bizub, Joy, & Davidson, 2003; Burgon,...

  10. An exploratory study of an equine-assisted intervention for people with dementia living in a residential care facility

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    | Contributor(s):: Sarah L Busselman

    There are an estimated 5.3 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias (Alzheimer's Association, 2015) and the prevalence of dementia is predicted to rise to one million new cases per year. As there is no cure for dementia, health care for people with...

  11. Djur i vården av äldre personer på särskilt boende - En systematisk litteraturöversikt

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    | Contributor(s):: Johanna Reneland

    Syfte: Syftet med studien var att undersöka vilken effekt sällskapsdjur har på äldre personers upplevelse av hälsa och livskvalitet i särskilt boende Metod: En systematisk litteraturöversikt av 11 artiklar med induktiva eller deduktiva ansatser....

  12. El vínculo entre el ser humano y los animales: aspectos psicológicos y psicopatológicos

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    | Contributor(s):: Paula Calvo Soler

    Los animales de compañía ocupan un importante lugar en las sociedades occidentales. Así pues, tiene sentido que se preste atención a la influencia que estos animales ejercen en la sociedad, desde los problemas generados por la convivencia con animales de...

  13. Turning the Page for Spot: Exploring the Potential of Therapy Dogs to Support Reading Motivation and Positive Reading Behaviours Among Young Children

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    | Contributor(s):: Camille Xinmei Rousseau

    Animal-assisted literacy programs are growing in popularity as research continues to reveal their benefits for promoting children’s reading skills and positive reading behaviours. Struggling readers may benefit the most from canine-assisted literacy programs as these programs may increase...

  14. Die effek van 'n troeteldier-ondersteunde leesprogram op die leesvaardighede van graad 3-kinders in 'n Wes-Kaapse laerskool

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    | Contributor(s):: Marieanna C. Le Roux

    Leesprobleme is ʼn wêreldwye probleem, selfs in eerstewêreldlande soos Amerika. In Suid-Afrika is die geletterdheidsyfers selfs baie swakker. Die resultate van die PIRLS-studie dui daarop dat 80% van Suid-Afrikaanse kinders se leesvaardighede nie ten volle ontwikkel is wanneer hulle...

  15. "When He's Up There He's Just Happy and Content": Parents' Perceptions of Therapeutic Horseback Riding

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    | Contributor(s):: Lauren Boyd

    The present research set out to explore parents‟ perceptions of therapeutic horseback riding as an activity for their children with multiple disabilities. It was designed to explore their vicarious experiences of the activity as well as their perceptions of their children‟s experiences of the...

  16. Metsä ei tarvitse ihmistä, mutta ihminen tarvitsee metsää : Luonto- ja eläinavusteiset menetelmät hyvinvoinnin ja kuntoutuksen tukena

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    | Contributor(s):: Anniina Aaramaa, Riikka Kivimäki

    Opinnäytetyömme tarkoituksena on tutkia luonto- ja eläinavusteisten menetelmien soveltuvuutta sosiaalialan yrityksissä ja vankilaympäristössä sekä lisätä luonto- ja eläinavusteisten menetelmien tunnettavuutta sosiaali- ja terveysalalla....

  17. Sosiaalipedagoginen koiratoiminta seurakunnan koulutyön toimintamenetelmänä

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    | Contributor(s):: Mirva Heikkinen

    Sosiaalipedagoginen koiratoiminta seurakunnan koulutyön toimintamenetelmänä opinnäytetyö kertoo teorian avulla ihmisille, miksi sosiaalipedagoginen koiratoiminta toimii hyvin tunne- ja vuorovaikutuskasvatuksen työmenetelmänä seurakunnan...

  18. Osana laumaa : Eläin lapsen sosiaalisten taitojen ja vuorovaikutuksen tukena

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    | Contributor(s):: Sirpa Souranto

    Tämän opinnäytetyön tarkoituksena oli kerätä kokemustietoa siitä, miten lapsen sosiaalisia taitoja ja vuorovaikutusta voidaan tukea eläinavusteisten ja toiminnallisten menetelmien avulla. Tavoitteena oli selvittää, miten lapset kokevat...

  19. Eläinavusteista toimintaa Klubitaloilla

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    | Contributor(s):: Minna Yrjölä

    Tässä tutkimuksellisessa kehittämistyössä kehitettiin Karhulan ja Haminan Klubitalon toimintaa, selvittämällä eläinavusteisen työskentelyn soveltuvuutta mielenterveyskuntoutujien hyvinvoinnin ylläpitoon sekä heidän...

  20. Eläinavusteinen työskentely lastensuojelun avohuollon tukitoimena : Havaintoja lasten sosiaalisista taidoista ja tunnetaidoista Voimaa laumasta -tiimin eläinavusteisessa harrastusryhmässä

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    | Contributor(s):: Lotta Korhonen

    Tämän eläinavusteisen opinnäytetyön tarkoituksena oli toteuttaa terapeuttista harrastustoimintaa alle 10-vuotiaille lastensuojelun avohuollon asiakkaille. Kolmelle lapselle järjestettiin 7 kertaa toimintaa, kerran viikossa. Työtä tehtiin...