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  1. Does use of animal therapy during dental care help to reduce anxiety in children and adolescents? A systematic review

    Contributor(s):: Ribeiro, Cdpv, Alves, J. B., Kominami, P. A., Takeshita Nakagawa, E., Bezerra, A. C. B., Massignan, C.

  2. Evaluation of the syndromic characterization and diagnostic criteria of the concept of anxiety in animal ethology professionals

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    | Contributor(s):: Aline Morales-Estrada, Andres Ducoing-Watty, Itzcoatl Maldonado-Resendiz

    There is a wide range of reported signs for anxious patients in veterinary medicine but specific diagnostic criteria to characterize them is lacking. The objective of this study was to determine the variability in the concepts of anxiety and the criteria used to diagnose anxiety disorders in...

  3. Depression, anxiety, and happiness in dog owners and potential dog owners during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States

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    | Contributor(s):: Francois Martin, Katherine E. Bachert, LeAnn Snow, Hsiao-Wei Tu, Julien Belahbib, Sandra A. Lyn

    Major life events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, affect psychological and physiological health. Social support, or the lack thereof, can modulate these effects. The context of the COVID-19 pandemic offered a unique opportunity to better understand how dogs may provide social support for their...

  4. With or Without You: Beneficial and Detrimental Associations Between Companion Dogs and Human Psychological Adjustment During a COVID-19 Lockdown Phase

    | Contributor(s):: Lima, Mariely, Mateus, Teresa Letra, Silva, Karine

  5. Rising Star Riders

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    Rising Star Riders, RSR, provides therapeutic horseback riding, unmounted instruction and mental health services.  We offer services to children and adults with physical and/or emotional challenges. During mounted instruction the participant learns how to properly mount...

  6. Dogs and the Good Life: A Cross-Sectional Study of the Association Between the Dog-Owner Relationship and Owner Mental Wellbeing

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    | Contributor(s):: Merkouri, A., Graham, T. M., O'Haire, M. E., Purewal, R., Westgarth, C.

    Dog ownership is believed to benefit owner wellbeing but, contrary to popular belief, there is limited evidence to suggest that simply owning a dog is associated with improved mental health. This mixed-methods study investigates whether dog owners with stronger relationships with their dogs...

  7. A Correlational Study Exploring Nurse Work Anxiety and Animal-Assisted Therapy

    | Contributor(s):: Coto, J. A., Ohlendorf, E. K., Cinnamon, A. E., Ellis, T. L., Ondrey, M. A., Bartuch, P.

  8. The Effectiveness of Animal-Assisted Interventions in Reducing Student Anxiety in School Settings

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    | Contributor(s):: Emily Stables

    Anxiety has a detrimental effect on child development in numerous capacities including academics, peer relationships, and long-term effects if left untreated (Nail et al., 2015; Siegel, LaGreca & Harrison, 2009; Van Ameringen, Mancini & Farvolden, 2001). The use of animalassisted...

  9. Therapy Dogs Help Ease Pain, Anxiety in ED Patients

    | Contributor(s):: Rosenberg, K.

  10. Bringing human-animal interaction to sport: Potential impacts on athletic performance

    | Contributor(s):: Marvin, S., Sorenson, K., Stevens, J. R.

  11. The effect of pet therapy on the stress and social anxiety levels of disabled children: A randomized controlled trial

    | Contributor(s):: Demiralay, Ş, Keser, İ

  12. Assessing the effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy on alleviation of anxiety in pre-school children: A randomized controlled trial

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    | Contributor(s):: Tahan, M., Saleem, T., Sadeghifar, A., Ahangri, E.

    OBJECTIVE & BACKGROUND: Human-animal interactions are considered as being valuable and beneficial for the psychological health. Recently Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) has been included for client-therapist interaction. The purpose of the present study was to assess the effectiveness of...

  13. Patient and Caregiver Perceptions of Animal Assisted Activity in Orthodontics

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    | Contributor(s):: Cass, Katelyn, Bocklage, Clare, Sulkowski, Taylor, Graves, Christina, Ghaltakhchyan, Nare, Rapolla, Allen, Jackson, Tate, Divaris, Kimon, Wiesen, Chris, Strauman, Timothy, Jacox, Laura

    Dental anxiety affects up to 21% of children and 80% of adults and is associated with lifelong dental avoidance. Animal assisted activity (AAA) is widely used to reduce anxiety and pain in medical settings and has promise in dentistry. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate...

  14. Therapy Dogs in the College Classroom: The Effect of Dogs on Stress, Anxiety, and Spanish L2 Phonological Learning and Performance

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    | Contributor(s):: Elaine Maralee Henry

    Anxiety and stress invoked by the second language classroom setting has the ability to cause numerous detrimental physiological changes which impair the learning process. A more natural, “immersion” type atmosphere is often desired when teaching a second language; however, this is...

  15. Do Therapy Dogs Belong in Hospital Emergency Rooms?

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    | Contributor(s):: Harold Herzog

    Even a brief visit with a therapy dog can reduce anxiety in ER patients.

  16. A Treatment Plan for Dogs (Canis familiaris) That Show Impaired Social Functioning towards Their Owners

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    | Contributor(s):: Joke Monteny, Christel Palmyre Henri Moons

    Many domestic dogs are uncomfortable when humans perform trivial and benign actions that the animals perceive as threatening. A common technique for addressing canine emotional discomfort involves desensitization, where the intensity of a problematic stimulus is gradually increased while the...

  17. Randomized, placebo-controlled prospective clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of the Assisi anti-anxiety device (calmer canine) for the treatment of canine separation anxiety

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    | Contributor(s):: Pankratz, K., Korman, J., Emke, C., Johnson, B., Griffith, E. H., Gruen, M. E.

    Introduction: Separation anxiety (SA) is among the most common canine behavior disorders and affects quality-of-life for dogs and their owners. Dogs with SA show signs of anxiety during absence or perceived absence of their owners. While psychoactive medications are often helpful for...

  18. Improving the Emotional Distress and the Experience of Hospitalization in Children and Adolescent Patients Through Animal Assisted Interventions: A Systematic Review

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    | Contributor(s):: Correale, C., Borgi, M., Collacchi, B., Falamesca, C., Gentile, S., Vigevano, F., Cappelletti, S., Cirulli, F.

    Introduction: Animal Assisted Interventions (AAIs) are increasingly common in pediatric care settings as a means to promote the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of hospitalized children and adolescents.Objectives: The aim of this work was to review published studies...

  19. Dog behaviours in veterinary consultations: part II. The relationship between the behaviours of dogs and their owners

    | Contributor(s):: Helsly, M., Priymenko, N., Girault, C., Duranton, C., Gaunet, F.

    Dogs synchronise their behaviour with those of their owners when confronted with an unfamiliar situation and interactions with their owners have been shown to decrease the dog's stress levels in some instances. However, whether owners may help manage dog anxiety during veterinary consultations...

  20. The Effect of Dog Videos on Subjective and Physiological Responses to Stress

    | Contributor(s):: Ein, Natalie, Reed, Maureen J., Vickers, Kristin

    Research indicates that animal-assisted therapy programs can reduce stress responses. However, animals are not always permitted in public settings. Thus, alternative forms to the physical presence of an animal could be beneficial. The objective of this study was to determine (1) whether exposure...