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  1. 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...

  2. Paws for Thought: A Controlled Study Investigating the Benefits of Interacting with a House-Trained Dog on University Students Mood and Anxiety

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    | Contributor(s):: Emily L R Thelwell

    University students have been found to have higher rates of psychological distress than that of the general population, which reportedly rises significantly upon starting university and does not return to pre-university levels throughout their time in university. It is therefore highly...

  3. The Effect of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Nursing Student Anxiety

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    | Contributor(s):: Della Anderson

    College students have high levels of stress, anxiety, and loneliness (Stewart , Dispenza, Parker, Chang, & Cunnien, 2014). College campus counselors strive to combat this stress and meet student needs through creative solutions (Stewart et al., 2014). Nursing student stress has a major...

  4. Exploring the Potential Impact of a Virtual Body Scan Meditation Exercise Conducted With Pet Dogs on Recipients and Facilitators

    | Contributor(s):: Kogan, Lori R., Bussolari, Cori

  5. A multicenter study of animal-assisted activity and anxiety among older adults hospitalized in acute care settings

    | Contributor(s):: Kowalski, Mildred Ortu, Smith, Carnette, Cole, Donna A., Bersick, Eileen, Keleekai-Brapoh, Nowai, Panfile, Patricia, Abate, Sami V.

  6. “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...

  7. Hang on: an evaluation of the hemp rope as environmental enrichment in C57BL/6 mice

    | Contributor(s):: Gjendal, K., Sorensen, D. B., Kiersgaard, M. K., Ottesen, J. L.

  8. Experimentally evaluating the function of self-directed behaviour in two adult mandrills (Mandrillus sphinx)

    | Contributor(s):: Leeds, A., Lukas, K. E.

  9. Beyond puppy selection-considering the role of puppy raisers in bringing out the best in assistance dog puppies

    | Contributor(s):: Mai, D. L., Howell, T., Benton, P., Bennett, P. C.

  10. The Experience of Animal Assisted Therapy on Patients in an Acute Care Setting

    | Contributor(s):: Coakley, A. B., Annese, C. D., Empoliti, J. H., Flanagan, J. M.

  11. The psychosocial influence of companion animals on positive and negative affect during the COVID-19 pandemic

    | Contributor(s):: Kogan, L. R., Currin-McCulloch, J., Bussolari, C., Packman, W., Erdman, P.

  12. Hootie's Horse Haven

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    Hooties Horse Haven is a ranch dedicated to helping people fulfill their dreams and reach their goals.

  13. Canine-Assisted Therapy (CAT): A nurse-initiated program to reduce patients' perception of pain and anxiety at a critical access hospital

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    | Contributor(s):: Victoria McCue, Molly Vlach, Sherry Stathers, Clair Hefner, Theresa Worden, Julie Erickson

    Background/Purpose: The use of animals to promote or improve human health and wellbeing has a long history. However, it is yet to be recognized and accepted as either a complementary therapy or integrated into mainstream healthcare. Even though studies have reported the benefits of...

  14. Exploring Dog-Assisted Interventions in Higher Education: Students' Attitudes and Perceived Effects on Well-Being

    | Contributor(s):: Rothkopf, C., Schworm, S.

  15. Hoofbeats to Healing

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    Hoofbeats to Healing is dedicated to providing therapeutic horse back riding in Saratoga Springs, Utah.  We use an effective natural approach to therapeutic horse back riding via Missouri Fox Trotter and Andalusian horses. Based on the theory of Cross hemispheric integration, which is if a...

  16. The Role of Pet Ownership and Attachment in Older Adults

    | Contributor(s):: Deidre Watt, Nancy A. Pachana

  17. Effects of Therapy Dogs on Participants' Anxiety in Group Discussion

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    | Contributor(s):: Kailee Grace Renne

    This study investigates the effects of animal assisted therapy, AAT, on undergraduate students with social anxiety disorder, SAD. This was an experimental research design based on a pretest, posttest model. Eight participants (3 male and 5 female) volunteered to take part in this study. All...

  18. Equine-Assisted Therapy for Veterans with PTSD: Manual Development and Preliminary Findings

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    | Contributor(s):: Arnon, S., Fisher, P. W., Pickover, A., Lowell, A., Turner, J. B., Hilburn, A., Jacob-McVey, J., Malajian, B. E., Farber, D. G., Hamilton, J. F., Hamilton, A., Markowitz, J. C., Neria, Y.

    INTRODUCTION: Equine-assisted therapy (EAT) for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has attracted great interest despite lacking empirical support, a manual, and a standardized protocol. Our team of experts in EAT and PTSD developed an eight-session group EAT treatment protocol for PTSD...

  19. The effect of animal-assisted therapy on nursing student anxiety: A randomized control study

    | Contributor(s):: Anderson, D., Brown, S.

  20. Bringing human-animal interaction to sport: Potential impacts on athletic performance

    | Contributor(s):: Marvin, S., Sorenson, K., Stevens, J. R.