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  1. Mental Health of Employees at a Canadian Animal Welfare Organization

    Contributor(s):: Dunn, Jennifer, Best, Colleen, Pearl, David L., Jones-Bitton, Andria

  2. Effects of Essential Animal Visitation Program (AVP) Components on Students’ Salivary α-Amylase and Amylase-to-Cortisol Ratios

    Contributor(s):: Vandagriff, Jaymie L., Carr, Alexa M., Roeter Smith, Stephanie M., Pendry, Patricia

    While efficacy trials suggest that Animal Visitation Programs (AVPs) relieve university student stress, their essential components are unknown. Students were randomly assigned to one of four 10-min conditions: AVP touch (n = 73), AVP proximity (n = 62), AVP imagery (n = 57), or AVP waitlist (n =...

  3. A Mixed-Methods Assessment of Human Well-Being Related to the Presence of Companion Animals During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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    | Contributor(s):: Bindi Bennett, Suzie Cosh, Jack Thepsourinthone, Amy Lykins

    COVID-19 and the measures used to curb the pandemic (e.g., lockdowns, isolation) have significantly impacted mental health and well-being. This study sought to investigate the role of companion animals in alleviating stress and improving mental health during the pandemic. In this study, 250...

  4. Paws for Reflection Ranch

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    The Paws for Reflection Ranch mission is to provide a healing, educational, motivational, and recreational  environment utilizing equine and other animal assisted therapies and experiences to enhance the quality of life for all clients, and to ​provide a loving home, whether...

  5. Friends with Benefits: The Positive Consequences of Pet-Friendly Practices for Workers' Well-Being

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    | Contributor(s):: Junça-Silva, A.

    Although there is evidence that pets may help individuals who are facing significant daily stressors, little is known about the benefits of pet-friendly practices for their owners' well-being. Based on the social exchange theory and on the Rusbult investment model, we argue that...

  6. Animal-Assisted Intervention and Health Care Workers' Psychological Health: A Systematic Review of the Literature

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    | Contributor(s):: Acquadro Maran, D., Capitanelli, I., Cortese, C. G., Ilesanmi, O. S., Gianino, M. M., Chirico, F.

    Healthcare settings have recently increased the use of companion animals in the workplace to provide emotional support to people with disabilities, but there is limited empirical research on the effects of these programs on healthcare workers. However, it is reasonable to speculate that...

  7. Relationships among Early Adversity, Positive Human and Animal Interactions, and Mental Health in Young Adults

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    | Contributor(s):: Rodriguez, K. E., McDonald, S. E., Brown, S. M.

    Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are associated with poor mental health. Emerging research demonstrates the protective role of positive childhood experiences, including a positive sense of self and relationships with both humans and animals, in mitigating the impacts of early life adversity...

  8. Benefits and challenges of animal-assisted therapy in older adults: a literature review

    | Contributor(s):: Veilleux, A.

  9. Conceptualization of psychotherapy incorporating equine interactions in the United States

    | Contributor(s):: Fry, N. E.

  10. Paws for Thought Counselling

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  11. The Role of Animal Ownership for People with Severe Mental Illness during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mixed-Method Study Investigating Links with Health and Loneliness

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    | Contributor(s):: Shoesmith, E., Spanakis, P., Peckham, E., Heron, P., Johnston, G., Walker, L., Crosland, S., Ratschen, E.

    Research has reported the benefits of companion animals for people with severe mental illness (SMI). However, this evidence base is fragmented and unclear. The COVID-19 pandemic presents an opportunity to explore the role of companion animals in the context of social distancing and isolation...

  12. Theoretical Foundations to the Impact of Dog-Related Activities on Human Hedonic Well-Being, Life Satisfaction and Eudaimonic Well-Being

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    | Contributor(s):: Barcelos, A. M., Kargas, N., Maltby, J., Hall, S., Assheton, P., Mills, D. S.

    Cross-sectional comparisons of well-being between dog owners and non-owners commonly generate inconsistent results. Focusing on the uniqueness of the relationship might help address this issue and provide a stronger foundation for dog-related psychotherapeutic interventions. This study aims to...

  13. Interdisciplinary research to advance animal welfare science: an introduction

    | Contributor(s):: Camerlink, I.

  14. Animal-Assisted Interventions for the Improvement of Mental Health Outcomes in Higher Education Students: A Systematic Review of Randomised Controlled Trials

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    | Contributor(s):: Parbery-Clark, C., Lubamba, M., Tanner, L., McColl, E.

    BACKGROUND: The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the effectiveness of Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAIs), particularly Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Animal-Assisted Activity (AAA), in improving mental health outcomes for students in higher education. The number of students in...

  15. An Exploratory Analysis of Virtual Delivery Alternatives for University-Based Animal Assisted Activities During COVID-19

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    | Contributor(s):: Aleisha Fernandes, Yu seon Chae, Cluny S. South

    Animal-assisted activities (AAAs) are being offered progressively in universities to support students’ well-being. However, with the recent health restrictions due to COVID-19, all classes and health services are being delivered remotely. Due to this, many postsecondary institutions have...

  16. Equine Facilitated Mental Health Services and Social Adjustment in Adolescents on Probation

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    | Contributor(s):: Anna Idzerda

    Little quantitative research has been done to verify claims that the use of horses in Equine Facilitated Mental Health and Education Services has an impact on the clients’ emotional and mental wellbeing. This study was created to determine if participation in six months of weekly...

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

    | Contributor(s):: Spring, Truman

  18. Animal-Assisted Therapy: A Qualitative Study

    | Contributor(s):: Schmell, Sophie S.

  19. Investigating the Effects of Emotional Support Animals on Mental Health and Wellbeing: A Phenomenological Approach

    | Contributor(s):: Saunders, Alexa

  20. Effects of Human-Animal Interactions with Companion Animals on Stress and Anxiety in Nursing Students

    | Contributor(s):: Ballenger, Karen Elizabeth