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  1. A Scoping Review of Campus-Based Animal-Assisted Interactions Programs for College Student Mental Health

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    | Contributor(s):: Tanya K. Bailey

    Background: People have long found support by interacting with animals, which has developed into a health care modality called animal-assisted interactions (AAI). In the past 10 years, AAI has increased as a way to support college students’ mental health; however, there is no...

  2. Changes in human health parameters associated with an immersive exhibit experience at a zoological institution

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    | Contributor(s):: Audrey A. Coolman, Amy Niedbalski, David M. Powell, Corinne P. Kozlowski, Ashley D. Franklin, Sharon L. Deem

    Zoological institutions often use immersive, naturalistic exhibits to create an inclusive atmosphere that is inviting for visitors while providing for the welfare of animals in their collections. In this study, we investigated physiological changes in salivary cortisol and blood pressure, as...

  3. Effects of Companion Dogs on Adult Attachment, Emotion Regulation, and Mental Wellbeing in Hong Kong

    | Contributor(s):: Chan, Hiu Wo, Wong, Daniel Fu Keung

  4. The Benefits of Dog-Assisted Therapy as Complementary Treatment in a Children’s Mental Health Day Hospital

    | Contributor(s):: Guillen Guzmán, Elías, Sastre Rodríguez, Laia, Santamarina-Perez, Pilar, Hermida Barros, Laura, García Giralt, Marta, Domenec Elizalde, Eva, Ristol Ubach, Fransesc, Romero Gonzalez, Miguel, Pastor Yuste, Yeray, Diaz Téllez, Cristina, Romero Cela, Soledad, Real Gisbert, Laura, Salmeron Medina, Miquel, Ballesteros-Urpi, Anna, Morer Liñan, Astrid

    Dog-assisted therapy (DAT) has shown benefits in people with mental health disorders. A child psychiatric day hospital would be a suitable setting to implement DAT and evaluate the benefits in a pediatric population. Methods: Mixed methods research in a naturalistic setting was considered in this...

  5. Animal-Assisted Interventions Improve Mental, But Not Cognitive or Physiological Health Outcomes of Higher Education Students: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

    | Contributor(s):: Huber, A., Klug, S. J., Abraham, A., Westenberg, E., Schmidt, V., Winkler, A. S.

    Due to the high burden of mental health issues among students at higher education institutions world-wide, animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) are being used to relieve student stress. The objective of this study was to systematically review of the effects of AAIs on the mental, physiological,...

  6. Reducing Anxiety and Stress among Youth in a CBT-Based Equine-Assisted Adaptive Riding Program

    | Contributor(s):: Hoagwood, K., Vincent, A., Acri, M., Morrissey, M., Seibel, L., Guo, F., Flores, C., Seag, D., Peth Pierce, R., Horwitz, S.

    Reining in Anxiety (RiA) is a therapeutic program for youth with mild to moderate anxiety delivered in a therapeutic riding setting by Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors. RiA was developed after a review of the evidence base for youth anxiety, is manualized, and includes five core CBT...

  7. Depression, anxiety, and happiness in dog owners and potential dog owners during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States

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    | Contributor(s):: Francois Martin, Katherine E. Bachert, LeAnn Snow, Hsiao-Wei Tu, Julien Belahbib, Sandra A. Lyn

    Major life events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, affect psychological and physiological health. Social support, or the lack thereof, can modulate these effects. The context of the COVID-19 pandemic offered a unique opportunity to better understand how dogs may provide social support for their...

  8. Assistance dogs for military veterans with PTSD: A systematic review, meta-analysis, and meta-synthesis

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    | Contributor(s):: Leighton, S. C., Nieforth, L. O., O'Haire, M. E.

    Psychiatric assistance dogs for military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) currently make up over 19% of assistance dog partnerships globally. We conducted a systematic review of the literature relating to these partnerships, with specific aims to (1) summarize their...

  9. “Furry tales”: pet ownership’s influence on subjective well-being during Covid-19 times

    | Contributor(s):: Damberg, Svenja, Frömbling, Lena

  10. The Relevance of Internal Working Models of Self and Others for Equine-Assisted Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

    | Contributor(s):: Kovács, G., van Dijke, A., Leontjevas, R., Enders-Slegers, M. J.

  11. "My Companion Through The Pandemic": The Importance of the Human-Animal Bond During COVID-19

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    | Contributor(s):: Christine Krouzecky, Jan Aden, Anastasiya Bunina, Katharina Hametner, Armin Klaps, Zuzana Kovacovsky, Nora Ruck, Birgit Ursula Stetina

    The COVID- 19 pandemic, due to its global biopsychosocial effects, encourages re-search regarding the promotion of health. Studies in this area concentrate on the human–animal bond as a source of physical and psychological well- being (Shoesmith et al., 2021). In this context, contradictory...

  12. Animal Assisted Therapy and Support Animals, What Mental Health Professionals Know and Understand

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    | Contributor(s):: Alexandro H. Velez

    Animal-assisted therapy can greatly benefit mental health professionals with clients in and out of the school settings in many ways. It is believed mental health professionals are successfully implementing Animal Assisted Therapy, even though some are not. Mental health professionals who are...

  13. 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...

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

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

  15. 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.

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

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

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

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

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...