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  1. Cortisol Levels of Shelter Dogs in Animal Assisted Interventions in a Prison: An Exploratory Study

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    | Contributor(s):: d'Angelo, D., d'Ingeo, S., Ciani, F., Visone, M., Sacchettino, L., Avallone, L., Quaranta, A.

    Previous studies regarding the Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) have mainly focused on the beneficial effects of human-animal interactions on human health; whereas the impact of such activities on the welfare of the animals involved has received limited attention. So far, few studies have...

  2. Variability in Human-Animal Interaction Research

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    | Contributor(s):: Rodriguez, K. E., Herzog, H., Gee, N. R.

    The field of Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) is plagued with mixed results. Some findings appear to indicate that interacting with a companion animal is beneficial for some aspect of human health and well-being, while other research outcomes are inconclusive or even indicate the opposite. The...

  3. Animal Interaction Affecting Core Deficit Domains Among Children with Autism: A Meta-Analysis

    | Contributor(s):: Droboniku, M. J., Mychailyszyn, M. P.

  4. Exploring children’s perceptions of an after-school canine-assisted social and emotional learning program: A case study

    | Contributor(s):: Harris, Nicole M., Binfet, John-Tyler

  5. Occurrence of Pasteurella multocida in Dogs Being Trained for Animal-Assisted Therapy

    | Contributor(s):: Santaniello, A., Garzillo, S., Amato, A., Sansone, M., Fioretti, A., Menna, L. F.

  6. What factors influence perceptions about animal-assisted therapy?

    | Contributor(s):: Yordy, Morgan, Tuttle, Malti, Meyer, Jill M., Kartovicky, Leah

  7. Parental Perspectives of Occupational Therapy in an Equine Environment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    | Contributor(s):: Kalmbach, D., Wood, W., Peters, B. C.

  8. Animal-Assisted Interventions: Relationship Between Standards and Qualifications

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    | Contributor(s):: Greta Kerulo, Niko Kargas, Daniel S. Mills, Graham Law, Rise VanFleet, Tracie Faa-Thompson, Melissa Y. Winkle

    Ethical practice of animal- assisted interventions (AAI) requires appropriate qualifications and experience for all parties involved. Recently introduced and updated Standards of Practice emphasize the importance of AAI- specific training and qualification for different types of AAI, which...

  9. Donkey assisted interventions: A pilot survey on service providers in North-Eastern Italy

    | Contributor(s):: Galardi, M., Contalbrigo, L., Toson, M., Bortolotti, L., Lorenzetto, M., Riccioli, F., Moruzzo, R.

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

    | Contributor(s):: Machová, K., Procházková, R., Konigová, P., Svobodová, I., Přibylová, L., Vadroňová, M.

  11. Human-Animal-Environment Interactions and Self-Regulation in Youth with Psychosocial Challenges: Initial Assessment of the Green Chimneys Model

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    | Contributor(s):: Erin Flynn, Megan K. Mueller, Denise Luft, G. John Geldhof, Steve Klee, Philip Tedeschi, Kevin N. Morris

    As animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) become increasingly popular in youth-based settings, there is a significant need for robust, theoretically-predicated programs and assessment frameworks. Ample evidence suggests that AAIs and nature-based interventions have broad emotional, cognitive, and...

  12. Stress Reduction in Law Enforcement Officers and Staff through a Canine-Assisted Intervention

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    | Contributor(s):: John-Tyler Binfet, Zakary A. Draper, Freya L. L. Green

    Law enforcement officers and staff are known to experience elevated workplace stress, largely due to their increased exposure to traumatic incidents. This results in individuals experiencing trauma themselves and resultant compromised physical and mental health. Law enforcement officers are also...

  13. Examining the Effect of an Animal-Assisted Intervention on Patient Distress in Outpatient Cystoscopy

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    | Contributor(s):: Sandra Barker, Sarah Krzastek, Rebecca Vokes, Christine Schubert, Lauren Folgosa Cooley, Lance J. Hampton

    Animal assisted interventions (AAI) have ben shown to improve patient outcomes in some healthcare settings. Flexible cystoscopy, while minimally invasive, is associated with patient-reported pain, fear, and anxiety. Few techniques have been found to improve these adverse effects associated with...

  14. Multicultural Considerations in AAI

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    | Contributor(s):: Georgitta Valiyamattam, Mariko Yamamoto, Leticia Fanucchi, Feiran Wang

    Attitudes towards non-human animals and the conceptualization of the human-animal bond varies across cultures and population groups, thereby making it a crucial consideration in the field of animal-assisted intervention (AAI). The growing expansion of AAI practice to multicultural populations...

  15. The State of Assessment in Human-Animal Interaction Research

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    | Contributor(s):: Kerri E. Rodriguez, NoÈmie A. GuÈrin, Robin L. Gabriels, James A. Serpell, Pamela J. Schreiner, Marguerite E. O'Haire

    There is a growing body of research in human-animal interaction (HAI), but the field is often criticized for its lack of methodological rigor and heterogeneous outcome assessment. In addition, there is a scarcity of valid and reliable assessment tools specific to measuring constructs directly...

  16. Behavioral and Physiological Effects of Equine-assisted Early Intervention for Mother- Child Dyads with Insecure Attachment

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    | Contributor(s):: Denise V. Hebesberger, Andrea Beetz, Kurt Kotrschal

    Animals, including horses may be valuable partners in many activities, pedagogy and therapy. Contact between humans and animals can facilitate an oxytocin secretion that, as a consequence, may alleviates stress-responses, increases social orientation and that supports attachment and caregiving....

  17. Animal-Assisted Interventions: Taxonomy and Best Practices

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    | Contributor(s):: Melissa Y. Winkle, Deborah E. Linder

    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...

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

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    | Contributor(s):: J. Lopez-Cepero, M.A. Perea-Mediavilla, J.L. Sarasola, A. Tejada

    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. Effects of Pet Dogs for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their Families: Expectations versus Reality

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    | Contributor(s):: Hannah Wright, Sophie Hall, Annette Hames, Jessica Hardiman, Aaron Burgess, PAWS Team, Richard Mills, Daniel Mills

    Previous studies have examined the specific benefits of therapy and assistance dogs on children with autism, but until recently only anecdotes existed concerning the benefits of pet dogs. We conducted structured interviews with 40 parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to...

  20. Betydningsfulle elementer ved gårdsdyr-assisterte intervensjoner for personer med depresjon. Erfaringer fra personell med helse- og sosialfaglig bakgrunn.

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    | Contributor(s):: Maria Hemmingsen-Larsen

    Bakgrunn: Depresjon er en av de vanligste psykiske lidelsene i vesten. I Norge er det en økt satsing på velferdstjenester i brukernes nærmiljø, og mange har behov for arbeidsrettede tiltak. Gårdsdyr-assistert intervensjon (GDAI) kan være et arbeidsrettet...