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  1. Emerging Cardiovascular Risk Research: Impact of Pets on Cardiovascular Risk Prevention

    Contributor(s):: Pamela J. Schreiner

    Animals interact with humans in multiple ways, including as therapy and service animals, commercially as livestock, as wildlife, and in zoos. But the most common interaction is as companion animals in our homes, with an estimated 180 million cats and dogs living in US households. While pet...

  2. The Psychological Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy on Elderly Nursing Home Patients

    Contributor(s):: Sophia M. Elliott

    This literature review of the benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is centered on four scholarly articles published in major psychological journals discussing the reduction of loneliness, anxiety, depression, and cognitive impairments as well as the increase in well-being and happiness in...

  3. Household pets and depression among urban adolescents

    Contributor(s):: Mary M. Nevin-Haas

    This study was designed to describe the prevalence of depression among a group of adolescents and examine the relationships between depression and presence of pets in the home, primary ownership of pets and perceived degree of attachment to the pets by the subjects. The coping conceptual...

  4. Behavioral responses of nursing home residents to visits from a person with a dog, a robot seal or a toy cat

    Contributor(s):: Thodberg, K., Sorensen, L. U., Videbech, P. B., Poulsen, P. H., Houbak, B., Damgaard, V., Keseler, I., Edwards, D., Christensen, J. W.

    Previous studies suggest that contact with dogs can positively affect the wellbeing of elderly people in nursing homes, but there is a lack of research investigating the causal pathways of these effects. One such pathway may relate to the behavioral responses of the elderly when interacting with...

  5. Depression in Animals: Gernot Wieland at TEDxGhent

    Contributor(s):: Gernot Wieland

    “Depression in Animals” deals with the construction of human identity determined by the exclusion of the other – namely the animal. Accompanied by projections, this talk examines the relationship between humans and animals and its history of control and power. Gernot Wieland...

  6. Dog Walking - The Health Benefits

  7. Effect of pet insects on the psychological health of community-dwelling elderly people: a single-blinded, randomized, controlled trial

    Contributor(s):: Ko, H. J., Youn, C. H., Kim, S. H., Kim, S. Y.

    Background: There is evidence that animal-assisted therapy has positive effects on mental health, especially in elderly people. Caring for insects is easy, relatively inexpensive, and does not require much space. Objective: The aim of this 8-week randomized, controlled, single-blinded study was...

  8. Animal-Assisted Intervention for People with Depression

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    Contributor(s):: Felicia Trembath

    Depression is a mood disorder characterized by a persistent feeling of sadness, lack of interest in activities, and fatigue. Most people will feel sad or depressed at times, but when these feelings last for weeks and interfere with normal daily activities, it may be a more...

  9. Dog interaction with persons receiving institutional geriatric care

    Contributor(s):: Neer, C. A., Dorn, C. R., Grayson, I.

  10. An investigation of the effects of dog visits on depression, mood, and social interaction in elderly individuals living in a nursing home

    Contributor(s):: Phelps, Kristin A, Miltenberger, Raymond G, Jens, Tess, Wadeson, Heather

  11. To Call Mom or Not? New Help for Homesick Students

    | Contributor(s):: Shellenbarger, Sue

  12. Mental health and general wellness in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike

    | Contributor(s):: Lowe, Sarah R., Joshi, Spruha, Pietrzak, Robert H., Galea, Sandro, Cerda, Magdalena

  13. From animal behavior to human health: An animal-assisted mindfulness intervention for recurrent depression

    | Contributor(s):: Schramm, Elisabeth, Hediger, Karin, Lang, Undine E.

  14. Animal-Assisted Intervention for trauma: A systematic literature review

    | Contributor(s):: Marguerite E. O'Haire, Guérin, Noémie A., Alison Claire Kirkham

  15. Effets d'une therapie assistee par l'animal aupres de personnes agees ayant des symptomes depressifs et residant dans un centre d'hebergement et de soins de longue duree

    | Contributor(s):: Gagnon, Isabelle

  16. Blazing your own trail: equine-facilitated psychotherapy groups for teens

    | Contributor(s):: Willerson, Sara B., Sanford, Vanessa M., Brooke, Stephanie L., Myers, Charles Edwin

  17. Animal-assisted psychotherapy in the healing of childhood depression

    | Contributor(s):: Winston, Ellen, Brooke, Stephanie L., Myers, Charles Edwin

  18. Animal-assisted interactions: a creative modality to support youth with depression

    | Contributor(s):: Bailey, Tanya K., Brooke, Stephanie L., Myers, Charles Edwin

  19. Emotional Support Animals, Service Animals, and Pets on Campus

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    | Contributor(s):: Von Bergen, C. W.

    For decades, universities have been accommodating physically disabled students who require guide dogs and other types of service animals. Within the past several years, however, mentally disabled students have increasingly petitioned colleges with no-pet policies to permit them to bring their...

  20. Animal-Assisted Therapy: Benefits and Implications for Professionals in the Field of Rehabilitation

    | Contributor(s):: Amanda M. Mangalavite, Thomas D. Upton (adviser)

    The use of animals for therapeutic purposes has been done for centuries. It wasn’t until the 20th century when people began to realize the potential the human-animal interaction had on our overall health. Professionals and organizations began to implement animal-assisted therapy (AAT)...