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  1. Horses Healing the Wounded Warrior: A Qualitative Inquiry of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy in Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder for Female Veterans

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    | Contributor(s):: Rebecca R. Wara-Goss

    Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a major concern for military veterans in the United States and current research on women’s experiences in the military and the effects of their post-military PTSD are limited. Currently, there are a variety of evidence-based and alternative...

  2. El vínculo entre el ser humano y los animales: aspectos psicológicos y psicopatológicos

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    | Contributor(s):: Paula Calvo Soler

    Los animales de compañía ocupan un importante lugar en las sociedades occidentales. Así pues, tiene sentido que se preste atención a la influencia que estos animales ejercen en la sociedad, desde los problemas generados por la convivencia con animales de...

  3. PAWsitive Outlook: The Effects of Human-Animal Interaction on Incarcerated Women Participating in a Prison-based Animal Program

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    | Contributor(s):: Katherine Sohn

    This study investigates the effects of human-animal interactions, bonds and relationships on incarcerated individuals through their involvement in a prison-based animal training program. The context of the study provides a unique opportunity to examine human-animal interaction in a situation of...

  4. The relationships between older, physically impaired men and their pets

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    | Contributor(s):: Jennifer Hughes Williams

    The present study examined older male adults' lived experiences with pet ownership. There is robust literature on older adults and the human-animal bond, but presently there are no qualitative phenomenological studies that focus solely on older physically impaired males who live alone and...

  5. An Occupational Therapist's Manual for Animal Assisted Therapy with Emotionally Disturbed Adolescents

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    | Contributor(s):: Ann Marie Bilek, Hannah Osborne

    According to the comprehensive literature review, animals are currently being used as an effective tool during therapy and have been reported to promote improvement with communication, behaviors, quality of life, and self esteem of different treatment populations. Since emotionally disturbed...

  6. A Reference Tool for Occupational Therapists to Utilize when Planning Occupation-Based Interventions Using Animal-Assisted Therapy

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    | Contributor(s):: Jennifer L. Hamre, Kathryn E. Nagorka

    The purpose of this scholarly project was to develop a reference tool for occupational therapists to implement an animal-assisted therapy (AAT) program utilizing small animals in preparatory, purposeful, and occupation-based interventions. A thorough literature review was completed using...

  7. Use of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Veterans with Combat-related PTSD

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    | Contributor(s):: Nichole Nelson

    The purpose of this paper was to determine whether animal-assisted therapy is effective in treating combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. While the intent was to discover the efficacy of animal-assisted therapy, articles which discussed only the use of psychiatric service dogs...

  8. Media, Mental Health and Man's Best Friend

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    | Contributor(s):: Suzanne Spinosa

    Using two media newspaper publications as a means of archival data, this paper proposed that the shift in perception of animals in mental health setting has changed over time. There is now data examining the role of animals in a human's well-being and the increased importance of an...

  9. Unintended Rehabilitation: A Comparative Analysis of Prison Animal Programs

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    | Contributor(s):: Mielissa Beseres

    Prison Animal Programs (PAPs) are built on the foundation of the human-animal bond. Integrating animals into correctional settings through a therapeutic approach could potentially influence many individuals as prisons continue to increase their capacity. In this comparative analysis, the United...

  10. Pet loss and continuing bonds: An examination of grief reactions in adults and children

    | Contributor(s):: Maxwell D. Rappoport

  11. One Thousand Guinea Pigs

    | Contributor(s):: Martie Ilena Stothoff

    When I was at home earlier in the year, I explained to my parents that my photography project was about the relationship between humans and animals. My father then told me about how he had heard our friend, Gabi, a professor in agriculture at Smith College, on NPR talking about her newest...

  12. Pessoas em situação de rua e seus cães : fragmentos de união em histórias de fragmentação

    | Contributor(s):: Juliana Gomes da Cunha

    O interesse pelo relacionamento entre humanos e cães tem sido crescentemente refletido em produções científicas, apesar destas ainda se mostrarem incipientes no contexto latino-americano, e, por conseguinte, no brasileiro. Nestes termos, quando se toma como foco o...

  13. " A importância do vínculo para os donos de cães e gatos nas famílias portuguesas ".

    | Contributor(s):: Maria Isabel Lobão de Araújo Rego Miranda

    Da interacção homem-animal resulta uma relação mútua originando benefícios na saúde física e mental de ambos. Este facto é cada vez mais reconhecido pelos donos de animais sendo uma das principais causas do aumento da...

  14. Therapy Dogs as a Preventive Measure for Rabies Exposure and Mental Health Issues in Deployed Troops

    | Contributor(s):: Jacob Monroe Davenport

    I have been fortunate to gain an invaluable experience while completing my Masters of Public Health at the Fort Riley Military base. Under the direction of Dr. Paul Benne and many of his support staff I have learned many aspects and functionality of the day-to-day operations of a public health...

  15. The benefits of pet companionship in emerging adults

    | Contributor(s):: Leighann DeMarco

    The present study examines the benefits associated with pet companionship in emerging adults. Past research suggests that pet companionship can have many positive impacts on individuals’ lives; however, little research has explored pet companionship during the transitional developmental...

  16. Strong souls, gentle spirits

    | Contributor(s):: Patricia Iris Maureen Caffin

    The documentary Strong Souls, Gentle Spirits is a film that combines the aspects of truthful documentary filmmaking but also incorporates filmmaking techniques and the filmmaker's involvement common to traditional narrative films. The main theme of the documentary centers on overcoming...

  17. The "Right to Autonomous Agency" and the "Right to Exit/ Sever Relationships": Theorizing our Obligations to Companion Animals in a Post-Animal Rights World

    | Contributor(s):: Shitangshu Roy

    This thesis expands on the model presented in Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka’s Zoopolis for how companion animals might be treated as co-citizens in a post-Animal Rights world. I will attempt to clarify the distinct political obligations owed to companion animals throughout their lifetimes...

  18. Representations and bond between children and their pets

    | Contributor(s):: Juan Carlos Rate Marcos

    The purpose of the present investigation was to describe and understand from psychoanalysis the representations that two children and a girl, 6, 8 and 9 years respectively, have of their pets to, from the understanding of the same, to describe the existing bond. To achieve these objectives a...

  19. Street Involved Youth and Companion Animals: A Phenomenological Study

    | Contributor(s):: Melissa Caines

    Of the approximate one hundred and fifty thousand youth in Canada who are homeless on any given night as many as 25 percent of them share their lives with companion animals (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2006) . For many of these young people their companion animal is their only source of...

  20. An evaluation of pet owners' attachment style and the human-animal bond

    | Contributor(s):: Pezzini, Elena