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  1. Do Pet Owners Have Lower Suicide Rates?

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    | Contributor(s):: Harold Herzog

    Available research indicates that having a pet does not have a protective effect on suicide rates, but suicide is a rare event, and the sample sizes in the few studies were small.

  2. Family Bonds with Pets and Mental Health during COVID-19 in Australia: A Complex Picture

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    | Contributor(s):: Bennetts, S. K., Howell, T., Crawford, S., Burgemeister, F., Burke, K., Nicholson, J. M.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to the health-promoting features of human-animal relationships, particularly for families with children. Despite this, the World Health Organization's (1986) Ottawa Charter remains human-centric. Given the reciprocal health impacts of human-animal...

  3. Mixed-reality-based human-animal interaction can relieve mental stress

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    | Contributor(s):: Na, H., Dong, S. Y.

    INTRODUCTION: Interacting with animals has been demonstrated to possess the healing benefits to humans. However, there are limitations in physical interaction due to COVID-19 and safety issues. Therefore, as an alternative, we created mixed-reality (MR)-based human-animal interaction (HAI)...

  4. The impact on physical performance, pain and psychological wellbeing of chronic low back pain patients during 12-weeks of equine- facilitated therapy intervention

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    | Contributor(s):: Mattila-Rautiainen, S., Venojärvi, M., Rautiainen, H., Keski-Valkama, A.

    Equine - Facilitated Therapy (EFT), an equine environment, and horses themselves can meet many physical and mental health needs beyond diagnostic categories. The horse's ability to produce a walk-like movement and the participant's ability to connect to non-judgemental living creatures,...

  5. School Parent Attitudes and Perceptions Relating to Animals, Animal-Assisted Interventions, and the Support of Children's Mental Health

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    | Contributor(s):: Leos, R. A., Cuccaro, P. M., Herbold, J. R., Hernandez, B. F.

    Growing awareness of the negative effects of trauma has led San Antonio, TX, school districts to expand efforts that can help mitigate these effects and support mental health. Given the literature around the psychological benefits of human-animal interactions, the concept of incorporating...

  6. Assistance dogs help reduce mental health symptoms among Australian Defence Force veterans and emergency services personnel: A pilot study

    | Contributor(s):: Hansen, C., Iannos, M., Van Hooff, M.

  7. The unspoken psychological issues with lesson horses and how we need to address them

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    | Contributor(s):: Casey Clark

    Every day all over the world horses provide much needed therapy and treatment to people in need. They provide physical, emotional, and mental training and healing. Humans depend on them for so much and we have a moral and ethical obligation to be good stewards of our equine companions. This...

  8. Do Children With Cats Have More Mental Health Problems?

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    | Contributor(s):: Harold Herzog

    Researchers explain why there are so few studies of human-cat relationships.

  9. When Therapy Dogs Provide Virtual Comfort: Exploring University Students' Insights and Perspectives

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    | Contributor(s):: Christine Yvette Tardif-Williams, John-Tyler Binfet, Freya L. L. Green, Renata P. S. Roma, Akshat Singal, Camille X. Rousseau, Rebecca J. P. Godard

    With the proliferation of canine-assisted interventions and the emphasis placed on the impact of these sessions in bolstering the well-being of visitors to sessions, especially university students, it can be easy to overlook just how participating in one of these sessions is experienced by...

  10. Human–Animal Bond Generated in a Brief Animal-Assisted Therapy Intervention in Adolescents with Mental Health Disorders

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    | Contributor(s):: Rodrigo-Claverol, Maylos, Manuel-Canals, Marta, Lobato-Rincón, Luis Lucio, Rodriguez-Criado, Natalia, Roman-Casenave, Maite, Musull-Dulcet, Elisabet, Rodrigo-Claverol, Esther, Pifarré, Josep, Miró-Bernaus, Yvette

    Background: The human–animal bond is crucial for the proper development of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) sessions. However, in specific cases such as in AAT focused on psychiatric patients who are admitted to acute units, there is only a short period of time available to establish this...

  11. The Role of Human–Animal Bonds for People Experiencing Crisis Situations

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    | Contributor(s):: Oosthuizen, Karl, Haase, Bianca, Ravulo, Jioji, Lomax, Sabrina, Ma, Gemma

    Human–animal bonds, by providing social support, have been shown to improve the health and wellbeing of pet owners, especially those experiencing a crisis situation. The human–animal bond for people in crisis situations is complex and multifaceted, as it has shown to improve health,...

  12. Child sexual abuse survivors: Differential complex multimodal treatment outcomes for pre-COVID and COVID era cohorts

    | Contributor(s):: Reeson, Matthew, Polzin, Wanda, Pazderka, Hannah, Agyapong, Vincent, Greenshaw, Andrew J., Hnatko, Gary, Wei, Yifeng, Szymanski, Laurie, Silverstone, Peter H.

  13. Leveraging Campus Landscapes for Public Health: A Pilot Study to Understand the Psychological Effects of Urban Sheep Grazing on College Campuses

    | Contributor(s):: Kiers, A. Haven, Nishimura, Kelly M., Dewa, Carolyn S.

  14. The relationship between attachment to pets and mental health: the shared link via attachment to humans

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    | Contributor(s):: Johanna Lass-Hennemann, Sarah K. Schäfer, M. Roxanne Sopp, Tanja Michael

    Background Several studies have investigated the relationship between emotional attachment to pets and mental health with the majority of studies finding a negative relationship between emotional attachment to pets and mental health. Interestingly, attachment to pets differs from attachment to...

  15. Does Having Pets Really Make Us Healthier?

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    | Contributor(s):: Harold Herzog

    New studies find little support for a "Pet Effect" on physical or mental health.

  16. The Relationship between Dog Ownership, Psychopathological Symptoms and Health-Benefitting Factors in Occupations at Risk for Traumatization

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    | Contributor(s):: Johanna Lass-Hennemann, Sarah K. Schäfer, M. Roxanne Sopp, Tanja Michael

    Individuals working in high-risk occupations (e.g., emergency staff) are exposed to high levels of occupational stress including traumatic events. Correspondingly, several studies report high rates of mental health problems among these occupations. Pet ownership has been associated with better...

  17. The effects of goldfish on anxiety, fear, psychological and emotional well-being of hospitalized children: A randomized controlled study

    | Contributor(s):: Sarman, A., Günay, U.

  18. Quality of the Human–Animal Bond and Mental Wellbeing During a COVID-19 Lockdown

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    | Contributor(s):: Wells, Deborah L., Clements, Megan A., Elliott, Laura J., Meehan, Eimear S., Montgomery, Cora J., Williams, Grace A.

    Companion animal ownership has been associated with a wide variety of physical and psychological health benefits. The extent to which a person gains any welfare advantages from the animal in their care, however, may be related to a wide variety of factors, one of which is the quality of the...

  19. Virtual Canine Comfort: A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effects of a Canine-Assisted Intervention Supporting Undergraduate Wellbeing

    | Contributor(s):: Binfet, John-Tyler, Tardif-Williams, Christine, Draper, Zakary A., Green, Freya L. L., Singal, Akshat, Rousseau, Camille X., Roma, Renata

  20. Canine-Assisted Intervention Effects on the Well-Being of Health Science Graduate Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial

    | Contributor(s):: Kivlen, C., Winston, K., Mills, D., DiZazzo-Miller, R., Davenport, R., Binfet, J. T.