Biopsychosocial Factors and Cognitive Function in Cat Ownership and Attachment in Community-dwelling Older Adults
| Contributor(s):: Branson, Sandra M., Boss, Lisa, Padhye, Nikhil S., Gee, Nancy R., Trötscher, Thea T.
Few studies consider the health benefits of pet ownership from a biopsychosocial perspective, and a paucity of studies investigate cat ownership. The current study was designed to determine if psychosocial factors (stress, loneliness, and depression), biological levels of stress and...
Pet Loss and Representations of Death, Attachment, Depression, and Euthanasia
| Contributor(s):: Testoni, Ines, Cataldo, Loriana De, Ronconi, Lucia, Zamperini, Adriano
Studies that have examined pet loss hypothesize that attachment, representations of death, and the belief in an afterlife for animals may influence owners’ bereavement and depressive outcomes. The following instruments were administered to 159 Italian participants recruited through snowball...
The Psychological and Physiological Effects of Using a Therapy Dog in Mindfulness Training
| Contributor(s):: Henry, Courtney L., Crowley, Susan L.
The present study was a randomized controlled trial examining the psychological and physiological effects of adding animal-assisted therapy (AAT) to a modified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR) for clients experiencing psychological distress. It was hypothesized that AAT would...
Childhood Experiences with Family Pets and Internalizing Symptoms in Early Adulthood
| Contributor(s):: Girardi, Alberta, Pozzulo, Joanna D.
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether childhood experiences with family pets are associated with symptoms of depression and anxiety in early adulthood. Undergraduate students (n=318) responded to an online survey that included questions about bonding with childhood pets, exposure...
Animal-assisted therapy for dementia
| Contributor(s):: Lai, N. M., Chang, S. M. W., Ng, S. S., Tan, S. L., Chaiyakunapruk, N., Stanaway, F.
BACKGROUND: Dementia is a chronic condition which progressively affects memory and other cognitive functions, social behaviour, and ability to carry out daily activities. To date, no treatment is clearly effective in preventing progression of the disease, and most treatments are symptomatic,...
Effects of an animal visitation intervention on the depression, loneliness, and quality of life of older people: A randomised controlled study
| 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...
Depression and anxiety in pet owners after a diagnosis of cancer in their pets: a cross-sectional study in Japan
| Contributor(s):: Nakano, Y., Matsushima, M., Nakamori, A., Hiroma, J., Matsuo, E., Wakabayashi, H., Yoshida, S., Ichikawa, H., Kaneko, M., Mutai, R., Sugiyama, Y., Yoshida, E., Kobayashi, T.
Companion dog acquisition and mental well-being: a community-based three-arm controlled study
| Contributor(s):: Powell, L., Edwards, K. M., McGreevy, P., Bauman, A., Podberscek, A., Neilly, B., Sherrington, C., Stamatakis, E.
Background Dog ownership is suggested to improve mental well-being, although empirical evidence among community dog owners is limited. This study examined changes in human mental well-being following dog acquisition, including four measures: loneliness, positive and negative affect, and...
Effect of group integrated intervention program combined animal-assisted therapy and integrated elderly play therapy on live alone elderly
| Contributor(s):: Kil, T., Yoon, K. A., Ryu, H., Kim, M.
The effectiveness of group combined intervention using animal-assisted therapy and integrated elderly play therapy
| Contributor(s):: Kil, T., Kim, H. M., Kim, M.
Canine-Assisted Therapy in Hospitalized Patients Awaiting Heart Transplantation
| Contributor(s):: Snipelisky, D., Smidt, J., Gallup, S., Myrick, J., Bauer, B., Burton, M. C.
Benefits, challenges, and needs of people living with cancer and their companion dogs: An exploratory study
| Contributor(s):: Ingram, K. M., Cohen-Filipic, J.
Dog Visiting Programs for Managing Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults: A Meta-Analysis
| Contributor(s):: Borgi, Marta PhD, Collacchi, Barbara MSc, Giuliani, Alessandro PhD, Cirulli, Francesca PhD
Preliminary efficacy of service dogs as a complementary treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder in military members and veterans
| Contributor(s):: O'Haire, M. E., Rodriguez, K. E.
Evaluation of an equine-assisted therapy program for veterans who identify as 'wounded, injured or ill' and their partners
| Contributor(s):: Romaniuk, M., Evans, J., Kidd, C.
The long-term impact of infant rearing background on the affective state of adult common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus)
| Contributor(s):: Ash, Hayley, Buchanan-Smith, Hannah M.
Early life environment, including temporary family separation, can have a major influence on affective state. Using a battery of tests, the current study compared the performance of adult common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus), reared as infants under 3 different conditions: family-reared twins,...
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Conditions for pets to prevent depression in older adults
| Contributor(s):: Cheung, C. K., Kam, P. K.
The Intersection of Aging and Pet Guardianship: Influences of Health and Social Support
| Contributor(s):: Ranell L. Mueller, Elizabeth G. Hunter
Studies of the human-animal bond show many positive health effects for pet guardians including a sense of companionship, reduced depression and loneliness, and higher activity levels, yet few studies have examined factors such as how the pet guardians’ health, age, and social networks...