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  1. Dog-assisted interventions for adults diagnosed with schizophrenia and related disorders: a systematic review

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    | Contributor(s):: Tyssedal, M. K., Johnsen, E., Brønstad, A., Skrede, S.

    BACKGROUND: Many individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and related disorders experience insufficient symptom relief from currently available treatment options. Researching additional venues should be prioritized. This systematic review, designed in accordance with PRISMA, examined the effect...

  2. "Why should the fish feel safe? I don't feel safe!": An Audit of Pet Ownership within an NHS Service for Adults with Severe Mental Illness, with Lessons for Service Improvement

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    | Contributor(s):: Abigail Alfrey, Steve Church, Niki Christodoulou, Emma Harding

    Background—Several studies have identified that pets can promote mental health, wellness, and recovery. However, little is known about the impact of pet ownership upon those with a severe mental illness (SMI), or whether mental health services are offering sufficient support that is...

  3. 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...

  4. Animal-Assisted Therapy for Military Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: An Investigation on the Positive Effects of Attachment and Affiliation Behaviors

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    | Contributor(s):: Sara Miele

    Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops in people who have experienced a traumatic event (nimh.nih.gov, 2016). Because PTSD is a chronic disorder, it is associated with impaired quality of life (Stern et al., 2013). A specific population at high risk for developing PTSD is military...

  5. Shaping healthy habits in children with neurodevelopmental and mental health disorders: parent perceptions of barriers, facilitators and promising strategies

    | Contributor(s):: Bowling, A., Blaine, R. E., Kaur, R., Davison, K. K.

  6. A longitudinal study of mental illness among bereaved pet owners

    | Contributor(s):: Y. Kimura, K. Kanai, N. Itoh, S. Chikazawa, Y. Hori, F. Hoshi, H. Kawabata, M. Maezawa

  7. Transitions Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy

    Transitions EEAT is a Christian ministry dedicated to the physical, mental, and social development of people with special needs and their families through therapeutic contact with a horse in a safe environment. 

  8. A "Pawsitive" Influence of Animals in Long-Term Care Facilities: Animal-Assisted Therapy at St. Peter Regional Treatment Center

    | Contributor(s):: Hannah L. Winkler

    The St. Peter Regional Treatment Center (SPRTC) provides secure, residential, multi-disciplinary treatment services, including psychosocial rehabilitation and skill enhancement, to individuals civilly committed as Mental Ill and Dangerous by the State of Minnesota. Since the treatment process is...

  9. Human - animal interaction and the benefits to mental health: A phenomenological study

    | Contributor(s):: Jasmin Jau

    The prevalence of mental illness is a major concern in Australia and worldwide. It is one of the leading causes of disability in Australia and it is estimated that globally one in four people will experience a mental illness at some point in their life. One of the lesser known therapies and...

  10. Exploring the Role of Farm Animals in Providing Care at Care Farms

    | Contributor(s):: Jan Hassink, Simone R De Bruin, Bente Berget, Marjolein Elings

    We explore the role of farm animals in providing care to different types of participants at care farms (e.g., youngsters with behavioural problems, people with severe mental problems and people with dementia). Care farms provide alternative and promising settings where people can interact with...

  11. The Exceptional Sidekick

    Founded in 2016, the mission of Exceptional Sidekick Service Dogs in Newtown, CT is to transform lives by identifying, raising, and training exceptional Psychiatric Service Dogs to match -- at no cost -- with children and adults suffering from psychiatric disabilities, while engaging and...

  12. Animal maltreatment : forensic mental health issues and evaluations

    | Contributor(s):: Levitt, Lacey, Patronek, Gary, Grisso, Thomas

  13. Law and Animal Maltreatment

    | Contributor(s):: Sylvester, Sandra R., von Fricken, Alexander G., Levitt, Lacey, Patronek, Gary, Grisso, Thomas

  14. Methods for Forensic Animal Maltreatment Evaluations

    | Contributor(s):: Tedeschi, Philip, Levitt, Lacey, Patronek, Gary, Grisso, Thomas

  15. The Relation of Animal Maltreatment to Aggression

    | Contributor(s):: Patterson-Kane, Emily, Levitt, Lacey, Patronek, Gary, Grisso, Thomas

  16. Animal Maltreatment as a Social Problem

    | Contributor(s):: Patronek, Gary, Levitt, Lacey, Grisso, Thomas

  17. Understanding Animal Neglect and Hoarding

    | Contributor(s):: Patronek, Gary, Nathanson, Jane N., Levitt, Lacey, Grisso, Thomas

  18. Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Animal Welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Miller, Lila, Patronek, Gary, Levitt, Lacey, Grisso, Thomas

  19. Conceptualizing Forensic Animal Maltreatment Evaluations

    | Contributor(s):: Levitt, Lacey, Grisso, Thomas, Patronek, Gary

  20. Social Responses to Animal Maltreatment Offenders; Cruelty and Sexual Abuse

    | Contributor(s):: Lunghofer, Lisa, Levitt, Lacey, Patronek, Gary, Grisso, Thomas