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  1. Non conventional psychiatric rehabilitation in schizophrenia using therapeutic riding: the FISE multicentre Pindar project

    Contributor(s):: Stefania Cerino, Francesca Cirulli, Flavia Chiarotti, Stefano Seripa

    The FISE (Federazione Italiana Sport Equestri) Pindar is a multicentre research project aimed at testing the potential effects of therapeutic riding on schizophrenic patients. Twenty-four subjects with a diagnosis of schizophrenia were enrolled for a 1 year-treatment involving therapeutic riding...

  2. Complicated grief and posttraumatic stress disorder in humans' response to the death of pets/animals

    Contributor(s):: Luiz Adrian, Julie A., Deliramich, Aimee N., Frueh, B. Christopher

  3. Rats show aversion to argon-induced hypoxia

    Contributor(s):: Makowska, I. J., Niel, L., Kirkden, R. D., Weary, D. M.

    Laboratory rats and mice are commonly killed using carbon dioxide gas. However, recent studies have shown that rodents find this gas aversive. Argon is a tasteless and odourless gas that causes hypoxia by displacing air. The aim of the present study was to use approach-avoidance testing to...

  4. Self-help interventions for depressive disorders and depressive symptoms: A systematic review

    Contributor(s):: Morgan, Amy J., Jorm, Anthony F.

  5. Old man's best friend: Animal-assisted intervention for older people with dementia

    Contributor(s):: Ann-Marie Wordley

    Dementia results in the loss of memory, intellect, rationality and social skills and is often accompanied by behavioural and psychological symptoms such as agitation, aggression, wandering and noisiness. Previous research has demonstrated that Animal-Assisted Interventions have some promise in...

  6. Animal-assisted therapy as an intervention for reducing depression among long-term care residents

    Contributor(s):: Angela Condit

    The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of animal-assisted intervention on reducing depression and loneliness among older adults residing in a long-term care facility. Forty-eight residents from one long-term care facility in a northern Colorado city participated in the study....

  7. Animal-assisted therapy: An adjunctive intervention for reducing depression and anxiety in female college students with physical disabilities and guidelines for implementation into psychotherapy practice and research

    Contributor(s):: Erin Nicole Armour

    The existing literature has indicated that women with physical disabilities are at greater risk for depression and anxiety compared to men with similar limitations and their able-bodied counterparts (Nosek & Hughes, 2003). In addition to this, female college students with physical...

  8. Animal models and human depressive disorders

    Contributor(s):: R. J. Katz

    Clinical depressive disorders are complex in presentation, dissimilar in origins and course, and often pleomorphic in character. An adequate understanding of their origins, biological substrates, and amenability to established and novel forms of therapy demands biological and social interventions...

  9. Risk indicators for grief symptoms after the death of a pet: Does quality of attachment make a difference?

    Contributor(s):: Christine Marie Henry

    Animal-human companionship has been an undervalued relationship in the field of psychology. People can form strong attachments to pets, and as a result, the death of a pet can be a devastating experience. The limited literature that exists on pet loss in the field of psychology leaves many...

  10. Animal-assisted therapy with farm animals for persons with psychiatric disorders: effects on self-efficacy, coping ability and quality of life, a randomized controlled trial

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    Contributor(s):: Bente Berget, Oivind Ekeberg, Bjarne O Braastad

    Background: The benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) for humans with mental disordershave been well-documented using cats and dogs, but there is a complete lack of controlled studiesusing farm animals as therapeutic agents for psychiatric patients. The study was developed in thecontext of...

  11. Practical bond considerations: Dealing with client emotional or mental limits

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    | Contributor(s):: Myrna Milani

    If dealing with time, financial, or physical limits, causes some clinicians to flounder, dealing with emotional or mental ones causes many to sink like rocks. Once again, this doesn’t occur because veterinarians do not care about their clients’ special needs. Most genuinely do. However,...

  12. Factors affecting the likelihood of release of injured and orphaned woodpigeons ( Columba palumbus )

    | Contributor(s):: Kelly, A., Halstead, C., Hunter, D., Leighton, K., Grogan, A., Harris, M.

    Very little is known about the fate of the large numbers of injured and orphaned wild animals taken to wildlife rehabilitation centres in the UK each year. We reviewed the reasons for admission and outcomes for 2,653 woodpigeons (Columba palumbus), 68% of which were juveniles, brought to an RSPCA...

  13. Adolescents' bereavement experiences. Prevalence, association with depressive symptoms, and use of services

    | Contributor(s):: Harrison, Lucy, Harrington, Richard

  14. Animal models of affective behaviors and drug addiction

    | Contributor(s):: Drews, Eva, Becker, Astrid, Bilkei-Gorzo, Andras, Zimmer, Andreas

  15. Canine variant of factitious disorder by proxy

    | Contributor(s):: Feldman, Marc D.

  16. Man's best friend

    | Contributor(s):: Escoll, Philip J.

  17. Pet ownership and health status during bereavement

    | Contributor(s):: Akiyama, Hiroko, Holtzman, Joseph M., Britz, William E.

  18. Observation of triangles in a human-canine pack

    | Contributor(s):: Fleming, Linda M.

  19. Dog-assisted therapy in the treatment of chronic schizophrenia inpatients

    | Contributor(s):: Villalta-Gin, V., Roca, M., Gonzalez, N., Domenec, E., Cuca, Escanilla, A., Asensio, M. R., Esteban, M. E., Ochoa, S., Haro, J. M.

    Patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia living in long-term care units show high levels of disability. The present study aimed to assess the effectiveness of including a trained therapy dog in an intervention program applied to institutionalized patients with chronic schizophrenia. A...

  20. A scoring system to evaluate physical condition and quality of life in geriatric zoo mammals

    | Contributor(s):: Follmi, J., Steiger, A., Walzer, C., Robert, N., Geissbuhler, U., Doherr, M. G., Wenker, C.

    The decision to perform euthanasia in geriatric zoo mammals is usually a highly complex procedure involving ethical, medical, emotional and sometimes political factors. However, subsequent necropsies show that the pathological changes of organs and/or the musculoskeletal system are often already...