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  1. The Effectiveness of Animal Assisted Activity and Animal Assisted Therapy in Reducing Symptoms of Depression

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    | Contributor(s):: Alexis J. Hauser

    This paper reviews the use of Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) to effectively treat individuals experiencing symptoms of depression. This paper discusses the symptoms of depression, the process and techniques of AAA and AAT, and the effectiveness of AAA and AAT...

  2. Depression, anxiety, and happiness in dog owners and potential dog owners during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States

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    | Contributor(s):: Francois Martin, Katherine E. Bachert, LeAnn Snow, Hsiao-Wei Tu, Julien Belahbib, Sandra A. Lyn

    Major life events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, affect psychological and physiological health. Social support, or the lack thereof, can modulate these effects. The context of the COVID-19 pandemic offered a unique opportunity to better understand how dogs may provide social support for their...

  3. With or Without You: Beneficial and Detrimental Associations Between Companion Dogs and Human Psychological Adjustment During a COVID-19 Lockdown Phase

    | Contributor(s):: Lima, Mariely, Mateus, Teresa Letra, Silva, Karine

  4. Rising Star Riders

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    Rising Star Riders, RSR, provides therapeutic horseback riding, unmounted instruction and mental health services.  We offer services to children and adults with physical and/or emotional challenges. During mounted instruction the participant learns how to properly mount...

  5. Dogs and the Good Life: A Cross-Sectional Study of the Association Between the Dog-Owner Relationship and Owner Mental Wellbeing

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    | Contributor(s):: Merkouri, A., Graham, T. M., O'Haire, M. E., Purewal, R., Westgarth, C.

    Dog ownership is believed to benefit owner wellbeing but, contrary to popular belief, there is limited evidence to suggest that simply owning a dog is associated with improved mental health. This mixed-methods study investigates whether dog owners with stronger relationships with their dogs...

  6. The Effects of Pet Dog-Assisted Activities on Self-Esteem, Depression and Cognitive Function among Elderly People

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    | Contributor(s):: Esther Shin, Sung-Kook Lee

    Objectives: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of pet dog-assisted activities on self-esteem, depression and cognitive function of elderly people Method: The experimental group(pet dog-assisted group) consisted of 22 people over 65 years old out of about 90 elderly people...

  7. Effects of the multimodal intervention program including animal-assisted therapy on depression and self-esteem among university students

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    | Contributor(s):: Kil, T.

    This study aimed to investigate the effects of the multimodal group intervention that combined animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and integrated play therapy (IPT) on depression and self-esteem in undergraduate university students. The subjects were 40 students attending animal-related and social...

  8. Why does lifelong conventional housing reduce the sociability of female mice?

    | Contributor(s):: Kitchenham, Lindsey, Nazal, Basma, Adcock, Aimee, Nip, Emma, MacLellan, Aileen, Mason, Georgia

  9. Paws for Thought Counselling

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  10. The Impact of Robotic Companion Pets on Depression and Loneliness for Older Adults with Dementia During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    | Contributor(s):: Fogelson, D. M., Rutledge, C., Zimbro, K. S.

  11. Effects of animal-assisted interventions for people with dementia: A systematic review and meta-analysis

    | Contributor(s):: Batubara, S. O., Tonapa, S. I., Saragih, I. D., Mulyadi, M., Lee, B. O.

  12. Ponies Proliferate Positive Affect: The Effectiveness of Equine Therapy on Positive Affect in Adolescents with Serious Emotional Disturbances

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    | Contributor(s):: Hannah Roberts, Nikki Honzel

    Adolescents with serious emotional disturbances (SED) are a particularly difficult population to treat due to high comorbidity rates of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and behavioral conduct disorders. The current study compared the effectiveness of equine-facilitated psychotherapy...

  13. Emotional Support Dogs’ Effects on Anxiety, Depression, and Somatization in Elementary Students

    | Contributor(s):: Spring, Truman

  14. The Relationship Between Time Spent in Nature, Time Spent with Animals, and Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Depression in a Recently Traumatized Population

    | Contributor(s):: Ward, Nicole

  15. When Therapy Dogs Visit College Students, Is It Therapy?

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

  16. Depression among pet owners and non-pet owners: a comparative cross-sectional study in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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    | Contributor(s):: Chakma, S. K., Islam, T. T., Shahjalal, M., Mitra, D. K.

    Background: Depression is a major contributor to overall global disease burden, often beginning in the teenage years and continuing into later life. Previous studies have reported high global rates of depression during these formative years, including in Bangladesh. At the same time, the...

  17. Can the Visits of Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) Influence the Mental Health (Anxiety and Depression) of Male Aging Patients Institutionalized with Dementia in Health Care Units? A Pilot Study of Madeira Island, Portugal

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    | Contributor(s):: S. Vasconcelos, J. Azevedo, C. Casanova, H. Jardim, D. Neto, S. Jardim, C. Viegas

    Despite the fact that in the last decades, several mental health studies have shown that companion animals contribute to psychological and social well- being in humans (e.g., positive impacts have been observed in the elderly medicated for chronic diseases such as anxiety, dementia, and...

  18. “I Can’t Give Up When I Have Them to Care for”: People’s Experiences of Pets and Their Mental Health

    | Contributor(s):: Hawkins, Roxanne D., Hawkins, Emma L., Tip, Liesbeth

    Contact with animals has been increasingly recognized as being beneficial to mental health and wellbeing due to their therapeutic function, with “animal-assisted therapies” gaining in popularity. There is less research exploring how companion animals within the home impact upon mental health and...

  19. Animal welfare as preventative medicine

    | Contributor(s):: Dawkins, M. S.

  20. What do animals want?

    | Contributor(s):: Franks, B.