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  1. Dogs and the Good Life: A Cross-Sectional Study of the Association Between the Dog-Owner Relationship and Owner Mental Wellbeing

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    | Contributor(s):: Merkouri, A., Graham, T. M., O'Haire, M. E., Purewal, R., Westgarth, C.

    Dog ownership is believed to benefit owner wellbeing but, contrary to popular belief, there is limited evidence to suggest that simply owning a dog is associated with improved mental health. This mixed-methods study investigates whether dog owners with stronger relationships with their dogs...

  2. Relatives’ experiences of an equine-assisted intervention for people with psychotic disorders

    | Contributor(s):: Fridén, Linda, Hultsjö, Sally, Lydell, Marie, Jormfeldt, Henrika

  3. Noah's A.R.T.

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    Noah’s A.R.T. was founded in 2015 with a mission: to utilise the benefits of the human-animal bond to improve mental health and wellbeing in Greater Manchester.

  4. The Five Domains model and promoting positive welfare in pigs

    | Contributor(s):: Kells, N. J.

  5. Canine Comfort: The Protective Effects of Dog Ownership and Support for Victimized Adolescents

    | Contributor(s):: Hull, Kristen, Guarneri-White, Maria, Jensen-Campbell, Lauri A.

  6. Exploring School Staff Perceptions Relating to Animals and Their Involvement in Interventions to Support Mental Health

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    | Contributor(s):: Leos, R. A., Cuccaro, P. M., Herbold, J. R., Hernandez, B. F.

    Given the growing awareness of the health benefits of human-animal interactions, the use of animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) in educational settings has increased over the years. While many school districts are now considering or utilizing AAIs, the literature investigating AAI-related...

  7. Friends with Benefits: The Positive Consequences of Pet-Friendly Practices for Workers' Well-Being

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    | Contributor(s):: Junça-Silva, A.

    Although there is evidence that pets may help individuals who are facing significant daily stressors, little is known about the benefits of pet-friendly practices for their owners' well-being. Based on the social exchange theory and on the Rusbult investment model, we argue that...

  8. Willows Animal Santuary

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    Willows has run its AAT Programme for people with severe mental health difficulties, for approximately 20 years. The AAT programme at Willows started out as a pilot scheme but soon came to be regarded as a useful alternative to day/hospital care by social workers, psychiatrists and employment...

  9. What is good grief support? Exploring the actors and actions in social support after traumatic grief

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    | Contributor(s):: Joanne Cacciatore, Kara Thieleman, Ruth Fretts, Lori Barnes Jackson

    Social support seems to enhance wellbeing and health in many populations. Conversely, poor social support and loneliness are a social determinant of poor health outcomes and can adversely affect physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Social support is especially important in traumatic...

  10. Mental Health of Employees at a Canadian Animal Welfare Organization

    | Contributor(s):: Dunn, Jennifer, Best, Colleen, Pearl, David L., Jones-Bitton, Andria

  11. Effects of Essential Animal Visitation Program (AVP) Components on Students’ Salivary α-Amylase and Amylase-to-Cortisol Ratios

    | Contributor(s):: Vandagriff, Jaymie L., Carr, Alexa M., Roeter Smith, Stephanie M., Pendry, Patricia

    While efficacy trials suggest that Animal Visitation Programs (AVPs) relieve university student stress, their essential components are unknown. Students were randomly assigned to one of four 10-min conditions: AVP touch (n = 73), AVP proximity (n = 62), AVP imagery (n = 57), or AVP waitlist (n =...

  12. A Mixed-Methods Assessment of Human Well-Being Related to the Presence of Companion Animals During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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    | Contributor(s):: Bindi Bennett, Suzie Cosh, Jack Thepsourinthone, Amy Lykins

    COVID-19 and the measures used to curb the pandemic (e.g., lockdowns, isolation) have significantly impacted mental health and well-being. This study sought to investigate the role of companion animals in alleviating stress and improving mental health during the pandemic. In this study, 250...

  13. Paws for Reflection Ranch

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    The Paws for Reflection Ranch mission is to provide a healing, educational, motivational, and recreational  environment utilizing equine and other animal assisted therapies and experiences to enhance the quality of life for all clients, and to ​provide a loving home, whether...

  14. Animal-Assisted Intervention and Health Care Workers' Psychological Health: A Systematic Review of the Literature

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    | Contributor(s):: Acquadro Maran, D., Capitanelli, I., Cortese, C. G., Ilesanmi, O. S., Gianino, M. M., Chirico, F.

    Healthcare settings have recently increased the use of companion animals in the workplace to provide emotional support to people with disabilities, but there is limited empirical research on the effects of these programs on healthcare workers. However, it is reasonable to speculate that...

  15. Relationships among Early Adversity, Positive Human and Animal Interactions, and Mental Health in Young Adults

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    | Contributor(s):: Rodriguez, K. E., McDonald, S. E., Brown, S. M.

    Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are associated with poor mental health. Emerging research demonstrates the protective role of positive childhood experiences, including a positive sense of self and relationships with both humans and animals, in mitigating the impacts of early life adversity...

  16. Benefits and challenges of animal-assisted therapy in older adults: a literature review

    | Contributor(s):: Veilleux, A.

  17. Conceptualization of psychotherapy incorporating equine interactions in the United States

    | Contributor(s):: Fry, N. E.

  18. Paws for Thought Counselling

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  19. The Role of Animal Ownership for People with Severe Mental Illness during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mixed-Method Study Investigating Links with Health and Loneliness

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    | Contributor(s):: Shoesmith, E., Spanakis, P., Peckham, E., Heron, P., Johnston, G., Walker, L., Crosland, S., Ratschen, E.

    Research has reported the benefits of companion animals for people with severe mental illness (SMI). However, this evidence base is fragmented and unclear. The COVID-19 pandemic presents an opportunity to explore the role of companion animals in the context of social distancing and isolation...

  20. Theoretical Foundations to the Impact of Dog-Related Activities on Human Hedonic Well-Being, Life Satisfaction and Eudaimonic Well-Being

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    | Contributor(s):: Barcelos, A. M., Kargas, N., Maltby, J., Hall, S., Assheton, P., Mills, D. S.

    Cross-sectional comparisons of well-being between dog owners and non-owners commonly generate inconsistent results. Focusing on the uniqueness of the relationship might help address this issue and provide a stronger foundation for dog-related psychotherapeutic interventions. This study aims to...