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  1. Prison-based animal programs: A critical review of the literature and future recommendations

    Contributor(s):: Laura Wheaton, Holly Hetrick PsyD (adviser), Christiane Brems PhD ABPP

    The present paper is a critical review of the literature on prison-based animal programs. Within the present review, the author examines the limited available research that has been conducted with these programs, and evaluates the utility of the research presented. Overall the implications are...

  2. An Equine-Facilitated Prison-Based Program: Human-Horse Relations And Effects On Inmate Emotions And Behaviors

    Contributor(s):: Keren Bachi

    Policy makers and correctional authorities are seeking ways to enhance effectiveness of incarceration and reduce recidivism. Equine-facilitated prison-based vocational programs aim to rehabilitate inmates. Informed by the theories of attachment and desistance, this study evaluates the emotional...

  3. Partnering Shelter Dogs with Prison Inmates: An Alternative Strategy to Reduce Recidivism and Teach Social Therapy

    Contributor(s):: Randi Michelle Zimmer

    This paper assesses the main factors contributing to a high rate of criminal recidivism in the United States. Based on the findings which support a theory of insufficient social therapy programs offered during incarceration, an alternative approach is offered. Animals have long been used as a...

  4. The Application and Effects of Service Dog Training by Inmates to Self-Perception and Self-Other Overlap as a Rehabilitative Approach to Incarceration

    Contributor(s):: Carmaleta Aufderheide

    Prison Animal Programs that bring inmates and dogs together consistently report improvements to inmates’ self-esteem, ability to empathize, and helping behaviors with no understanding of why these improvements occur. With similar improvement documented in relationship closeness literature,...

  5. Prison-Based Animal Programs (PAPs) and Mental Health Outcome Measures

    Contributor(s):: Kaitlyn N. Swyers

    The following text will detail the pervasiveness of mental health issues in prisons as a nationwide problem. This provides an important context and poses the urgent research questions of (1) how prisons can realistically attempt to lower the impact of mental health issues that are plaguing more...

  6. Effects of the presence of a pet in the counselor's office on institutionalized and noninstitutionalized adolescents' perception of counselor credibility

    Contributor(s):: Wilbanks, Brenda Joy

    Results of previous studies in the field of pet therapy have indicated that pets may alter people's perception of their environment and even change the way people are perceived by others. The present study investigated the effects of the presence of a pet in the counselor's office on...

  7. Therapeutic interventions and animal assisted therapy with incarcerated females

    Contributor(s):: Jasperson, Rachael Anne

    The prison population in the United States is growing at an alarming rate. Incarcerated women manifest distinctly greater psychological distress than do their male counterparts. In addition, these women demonstrate higher rates of mood disorder, substance use disorders, and personality disorders....