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  1. Exposure to household pet cats and dogs in childhood and risk of subsequent diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: Robert Yolken, Cassie Stallings, Andrea Origoni, Emily Katsafanas, Kevin Sweeney, Amalia Squire, Faith Dickerson

    Background Serious psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder have been associated with environmental exposures in early life. Contact with household pets such as cats and dogs can serve as a source of environmental exposure during these time periods. Methods We...

  2. The effects of pets on schizophrenics in a day treatment program

    | Contributor(s):: Carol Lynne Eyster

    In an effort to record the therapeutic effects of animals, three rabbits were introduced into a group therapy setting. Eight subjects (two female, six male) having the diagnosis of schizophrenia, chronic type and participating in a day treatment program were observed by four trained observers....

  3. Flawed analyses undermine proposed relationship between childhood cat ownership and schizophrenia

    | Contributor(s):: Wolf, Peter J., Hamilton, Francis E.

  4. In response

    | Contributor(s):: Torrey, E. Fuller, Simmons, Wendy, Yolken, Robert H.

  5. The antecedents of psychoses: a case-control study of selected risk factors

    | Contributor(s):: Fuller Torrey, E., Rawlings, R., Yolken, R. H.

  6. Another breed of "service" animals: STARS study findings about pet ownership and recovery from serious mental illness

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    | Contributor(s):: Jennifer P. Wisdom, Goal Auzeen Saedi, Carla A. Green

    This study elucidates the role of pets in recovery processes among adults with serious mental illness. Data derive from interviews with 177 HMO members with serious mental illness (52.2% women, average age 48.8). Interviews and questionnaires addressed factors affecting recovery processes and...

  7. An exploratory study of the effect of animal-assisted therapy on nonverbal communication in three schizophrenic patients

    | Contributor(s):: Kovacs, Z., Bulucz, J., Kis, R., Simon, L.

    Animal-assisted therapy has been used in the treatment and rehabilitation of several physical and mental disorders, but its effectiveness for chronic schizophrenic patients has been evaluated in only a few studies. Our purpose was to introduce animal-assisted group therapy in the rehabilitation...