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Feb 17 2017
Animal-Assisted Interventions: An Incredible Range of Therapeutic Benefits
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Feb 10 2017
Animal-Assisted Interventions: Incorporating Animals in Therapeutic Goals & Treatment
Predictors of participation in an animal-assisted activity program
Contributor(s):: Stacie Lynn Davison
The purpose of this study was to assess the significance of demographic variables, depression, and pet attitude as predictors of willingness to participate in animal-assisted activity (AAA) programs. The final sample included 57 residents at assisted-living centers in California, most of whom...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Dog Walking - The Health Benefits
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...
Companion-animals' effectiveness in managing chronic pain in adult community members
Contributor(s):: Bradley, L., Bennett, P. C.
Therapy animals have been found to alleviate pain in healthcare settings, but companion-animal owners report greater discomfort and use more analgesics than people who do not own one or more companion animals. To investigate this anomaly, 173 adults completed an online survey that included...
Animal-Assisted Intervention for People with Depression
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...
Dog interaction with persons receiving institutional geriatric care
Contributor(s):: Neer, C. A., Dorn, C. R., Grayson, I.
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
To Call Mom or Not? New Help for Homesick Students
| Contributor(s):: Shellenbarger, Sue
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
The psychological and physiological effects of using a therapy dog in mindfulness training
| Contributor(s):: Henry, C. L., Crowley, S. 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...
From animal behavior to human health: An animal-assisted mindfulness intervention for recurrent depression
| Contributor(s):: Schramm, Elisabeth, Hediger, Karin, Lang, Undine E.