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Founded in 2008, Macon TRACS, Inc. is a 501-C-3 non-profit and a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) Center. Since 2009, Macon TRACS has served individuals with the following Special Needs: Cerebral Palsy, Autism, ADD, ADHD, Down’s Syndrome,...
Pet Therapy: Helping Patients Cope
| Contributor(s):: Gertz, A., Rabinowitz, P. M.
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Hooves for the Heart
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Hooves for the Heart, LLC offers hippotherapy lessons and programs in Western Colorado. In our program the use of equine therapy is designed to help heal children who suffer from emotional problems including Reactive Attachment Disorder and mental traumas by interacting with equines on...
Human-animal interaction as a social determinant of health: descriptive findings from the health and retirement study
| Contributor(s):: Megan Kiely Mueller, Nancy Dreschel, Regina M. Bures
Background We focused on human-animal interaction (HAI) as an important aspect of social functioning at the individual level, framing this emerging field from a public health perspective. Methods Using data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) 2012 HAI module, we describe the...
Bridle Paths is a nonprofit organization that offers strength, support, and healing to individuals and families through safe, effective, and high-quality equine-assisted activities and therapies. We provide therapeutic horseback riding instruction, equine-assisted learning, and equine-assisted...
The Effects of Pet Ownership on Anxiety and Depression Among Trauma-Exposed College Students
| Contributor(s):: Dung N. Nguyentran, Marlene A. Michniak, James J. Jung, Christine Q. Do
Rates of anxiety and depression are prevalent in college students and can be attributed in part to stress and trauma-related events. However, studies suggest that pet ownership has the possibility of alleviating symptoms of anxiety, depression, negative emotions, and suicide. The purpose of...
| Contributor(s):: Mueller, M. K., Gee, N. R., Bures, R. M.
Companion animals and human health: benefits, challenges, and the road ahead for human-animal interaction
| Contributor(s):: Friedman, E., Krause-Parello, C. A.
A Systematic Review of Complimentary Therapies to Treat Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Aftermath of Domestic Abuse
| Contributor(s):: Jordan A. Meeks, Saida Byrami
Objectives: Explore the impact of intimate partner violence (IPV) on the health of female survivors. Identify complementary therapies that alleviate symptoms of psychological health impacts of IPV on women’s health.Method: An exhaustive search of published, peer reviewed...
Depression, loneliness, and pet attachment in homebound older adult cat and dog owners
| Contributor(s):: Sandy M. Branson, Lisa Boss, Stanley Cron, Dennis C. Turner
Background: Companion animals may reduce depression and loneliness in socially isolated homebound older adults. However, whether owning a cat or dog is more beneficial in this population remains unknown.Materials and Methods: Pet attachment and the levels of depressive symptoms and loneliness...
Domestic dogs' understanding of human emotional cues
| Contributor(s):: Min Hooi Yong
Past research has focused on the ability of domestic dogs to recognise human communicative cues such as human pointing, eye gaze, attachment behaviour, social learning, and responses to affective stimuli. However, there is still much to be learned about dogs’ ability to recognise human...
Beliefs About Animal Assisted Interventions Among Medical Social Workers
| Contributor(s):: Gyda D. Boyd
Animal‑Assisted Intervention (AAI) is used to significantly reduce pain, lower blood pressure, decrease anxiety, and help ease depression in people with a range of health problems; however, it is not readily used in the hospital setting. Research involving the Human‑Animal Bond (HAB) is well...
Biophilia: the Therapeutic Value of Animals in the Treatment of Depression
| Contributor(s):: Christian Antonioli
Background: To date there has been limited evidence on the efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This thesis comprises two studies: A randomized, single blind, controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy of animal facilitated therapy (AFT) in the treatment of depression (study...
Eficácia da intervenção assistida por animais na autopercepção de saúde, autoestima, sintomas depressivos e qualidade de vida relacionada à saúde em idosos residentes em instituição de longa permanência
| Contributor(s):: Renata Coelho Freire Batista Queiroz
O envelhecimento populacional e as mudanças na dinâmica familiar estão levando um número maior de pessoas a residirem em Instituições de Longa Permanência (ILPI), refletindo na qualidade de vida dos idosos. Algumas terapias não medicamentosas...
Investigation of the Effects of Service Dogs on Individuals Who Use Wheelchairs
| Contributor(s):: Amanda Marie Reinsfelder
With modern medicine and advances in technology, people are living longer and expecting a higher quality of life. Individuals may not be receiving the ideal assistive devices because they are not sure where to obtain the proper equipment, or what is available. An increased flow of informational...
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...
[Establishment of an Animal Based Therapy at a University Hospital for Psychiatry: Results of a Preliminary Study and Future Prospects]
| Contributor(s):: Hartfiel, C., Bodatsch, M., Klosterkotter, J., Kuhn, J.
Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy for adolescents experiencing depression and/or anxiety: A therapist's perspective
| Contributor(s):: Wilson, K., Buultjens, M., Monfries, M., Karimi, L.
Pet Therapy: Enhancing Patient Care Through Time with Animals
| Contributor(s):: Mani, I., Weese, J. S.