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  1. Can mental health interventions change social networks? A systematic review

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    | Contributor(s):: Kimberly Anderson, Neelam Laxhman, Stefan Priebe

    Background Social networks of patients with psychosis can provide social support, and improve health and social outcomes, including quality of life. However, patients with psychosis often live rather isolated with very limited social networks. Evidence for interventions targeting symptoms or...

  2. Curiosity killed the cat: no evidence of an association between cat ownership and psychotic symptoms at ages 13 and 18 years in a UK general population cohort

    | Contributor(s):: F. Solmi, J. F. Hayes, G. Lewis, J. B. Kirkbride

    Congenital or early life infection with Toxoplasma gondii has been implicated in schizophrenia aetiology. Childhood cat ownership has been hypothesized as an intermediary marker of T. gondii infection and, by proxy, as a risk factor for later psychosis. Evidence supporting...

  3. Effect of pet insects on the psychological health of community-dwelling elderly people: a single-blinded, randomized, controlled trial

    | Contributor(s):: Ko, H. J., Youn, C. H., Kim, S. H., Kim, S. Y.

    Background: There is evidence that animal-assisted therapy has positive effects on mental health, especially in elderly people. Caring for insects is easy, relatively inexpensive, and does not require much space. Objective: The aim of this 8-week randomized, controlled, single-blinded study was...

  4. Benefits of dog ownership: comparative study of equivalent samples

    | Contributor(s):: Gonzalez Ramirez, M. T., Landero Hernandez, R.

    Owing to the inconclusive findings of research regarding the health benefits of pet ownership, we compared perceived health, stress, life satisfaction, happiness, and psychosomatic symptoms in dog owners and non-dog owners. As an attempt to overcome some earlier methodological issues, the sample...

  5. Frequency of neurotic symptoms shortly after the death of a pet

    | Contributor(s):: Kimura, Y., Kawabata, H., Maezawa, M.

  6. Potential benefits of canine companionship for military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

    | Contributor(s):: Stern, S. L., Donahue, D. A., Allison, S., Hatch, J. P., Lancaster, C. L., Benson, T. A., Johnson, A. L., Jeffreys, M. D., Pride, D., Moreno, C., Peterson, A. L.

  7. Limbic response to psychosocial stress in schizotypy: A functional magnetic resonance imaging study

    | Contributor(s):: Soliman, Alexandra, O'Driscoll, Gillian A., Pruessner, Jens, Joober, Ridha, Ditto, Blaine, Streicker, Elizabeth, Goldberg, Yael, Caro, Josie, Rekkas, P. Vivien, Dagher, Alain