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PAWsitive Outlook: The Effects of Human-Animal Interaction on Incarcerated Women Participating in a Prison-based Animal Program
| 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...
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...
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...
Ghost herds : rescuing horses and horse people in Bluegrass Kentucky
| Contributor(s):: Tamar V.S. McKee
This dissertation examines the cultural and historical dimensions of why certain communities in the United States are compelled to rescue animals from abuse, neglect, or death. In particular, it engages with the debate over sending “unwanted” horses to slaughter, touching upon not...
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...
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...
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,...
"Freedom from themselves" gendered mechanisms of control, power, and resistance in prison dog training programs
| Contributor(s):: Andrea Button
During the past twenty-five years, the number of prison programs in which inmates train dogs has increased rapidly. A lack of systematic studies to address the effects of these programs on staff and inmates has led to limited, anecdotal accounts of the impact of these programs on correctional...
Men and mustangs: From communicative messages within the Wild Horse Inmate Program to a communicative theory of learning how to teach
| Contributor(s):: Reyes, Kristine L.
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...
Prisons and Pups: An Examination of Service Dog Training and Their Weekend Families
| Contributor(s):: Kendra Garcia
The use of service dogs for people with disabilities has increased in the last few decades. The service dogs come in the form of companion dogs, socialization dogs, medical alert dogs, and dogs for the mobility and hearing impaired. Therapy dogs are also used in clinical settings to ease the...
Prisons and disasters
| Contributor(s):: Savilonis, Melissa A.
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...
Public opinion of the efficacy of prison-based animal programs
| Contributor(s):: Divin, Sarah Elizabeth
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....