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2017 Articles on Animal-Assisted Interventions

The following articles were published in 2017 on animal-assisted interventions:


Artz, B., & Bitler Davis, D. (2017). Green Care: A Review of the Benefits and Potential of Animal-Assisted Care Farming Globally and in Rural America. Animals, 7(4), 31.

Atun-Einy, O., & Lotan, M. (2017). A Systematic Review of Hippotherapy (horseback riding) for Individuals with Autism is the Cognitive Level Considered. Autism Open Access, 7(215), 2.

Barker, S. B., Barker, R. T., & Schubert, C. M. (2017). Therapy Dogs on Campus: A Counseling Outreach Activity for College Students Preparing for Final Exams. Journal of College Counseling, 20(3), 278-288.

Beccaluva, E. A., Clasadonte, F., Garzotto, F., Gelsomini, M., Monaco, F., & Viola, L. A Robotic Companion for Dolphin Therapy among Persons with Cognitive Disability.

Belanger, C. (2017). The Impact Animal-Assisted Interventions Have on Improving Older Adults Quality of Life (Doctoral dissertation, Southern Connecticut State University).

Branson, S. M., Boss, L., Padhye, N. S., Trötscher, T., & Ward, A. (2017). Effects of Animal-assisted Activities on Biobehavioral Stress Responses in Hospitalized Children: A Randomized Controlled Study. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 36, 84-91.

Brelsford, V. L., Meints, K., Gee, N. R., & Pfeffer, K. (2017). Animal-Assisted Interventions in the Classroom—A Systematic Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(7), 669.

Buck, P. W., Bean, N., & de Marco, K. (2017). Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy: An Emerging Trauma-Informed Intervention. Advances in Social Work, 18(1), 387-402.

Cavalli, C. M., Carballo, F., Dzik, M. V., Underwood, S., & Bentosela, M. (2017). Are Animal Assisted Activities dogs different from pet dogs? A comparison of their sociocognitive abilities. Journal of Veterinary Behavior.

Coman, D. C., Bass, M. P., Alessandri, M., Ghilain, C. S., & Llabre, M. M. (2017). Effect of Equine-Assisted Activities on Social and Sensory Functioning of Children with Autism. Society & Animals.

Contalbrigo, L., De Santis, M., Toson, M., Montanaro, M., Farina, L., Costa, A., & Nava, F. A. (2017). The Efficacy of Dog Assisted Therapy in Detained Drug Users: A Pilot Study in an Italian Attenuated Custody Institute. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(7), 683.

Correale, C., Crescimbene, L., Borgi, M., & Cirulli, F. (2017). Development of a Dog-Assisted Activity Program in an Elementary Classroom. Veterinary Sciences, 4(4), 62.

Crossman, M. K., & Kazdin, A. E. (2017). Perceptions of animal‐assisted interventions: The influence of attitudes toward companion animals. Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Dampsey, E. (2017). The Effects of Equine-assisted Psychotherapy on Emotion Regulation: Self-Efficacy and Self-Awareness as Potential Mediators (Doctoral dissertation, Fielding Graduate University).

Dicé, F., Santaniello, A., Gerardi, F., Menna, L. F., & Freda, M. F. (2017). Meeting the emotion! Application of the Federico II Model for pet therapy to an experience of Animal Assisted Education (AAE) in a primary school. Pratiques Psychologiques.

Driscoll, C., & Cawdell-Smith, J. (2017). Animal-Assisted Interventions in Audiology. The Hearing Journal, 70(9), 34-35.

Dunlop, K., & Tsantefski, M. (2017). A space of safety: Children’s experience of equine‐assisted group therapy. Child & Family Social Work.

Earl, A., Duffy, E., & O’Connor, L. (2017). Animal Interactions in Long-Term Care Facilities in Central New York: A Current Picture (Doctoral dissertation, Utica College).

Fallon, G., & Kilgallon, E. (2017). The Perceived Impact of Caring for Animals on Adults with a Learning Disability. An Exploratory Study. Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

Fiocco, A. J., & Hunse, A. M. (2017). The buffer effect of therapy dog exposure on stress reactivity in undergraduate students. International journal of environmental research and public health, 14(7), 707.

Fischette, P. F. (2017). Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) as an Adjunctive Treatment for Eating Disorders: Exploration of AAT through the lens of Attachment and Affect Regulation (Doctoral dissertation, Bryn Mawr College, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research).

Foreman, A. M., Glenn, M. K., Meade, B. J., & Wirth, O. (2017). Dogs in the Workplace: A Review of the Benefits and Potential Challenges. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(5), 498.

Fung, S. C. (2017). An Observational Study on Canine-assisted Play Therapy for Children with Autism: Move towards the Phrase of Manualization and Protocol Development. Global Journal of Health Science, 9(7), 67.

Glenk, L. M. (2017). Current Perspectives on Therapy Dog Welfare in Animal-Assisted Interventions. Animals, 7(2), 7.

Glintborg, C., & Hansen, T. G. (2017). How Are Service Dogs for Adults with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Integrated with Rehabilitation in Denmark? A Case Study. Animals, 7(5), 33.

Godley, C. A., & Gillard, M. A. Dog Attacks on Guide Dogs.

Grajfoner, D., Harte, E., Potter, L. M., & McGuigan, N. (2017). The Effect of Dog-Assisted Intervention on Student Well-Being, Mood, and Anxiety. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(5), 483.

Gravrok, J., Howell, T., Bendrups, D., & Bennett, P. (2017). Adapting the traditional guide dog model to enable vision-impaired adolescents to thrive. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research.

Haggerty, J. M., & Mueller, M. K. (2017). Animal-assisted Stress Reduction Programs in Higher Education. Innovative Higher Education, 1-11.

Hallyburton, A. (2017). Canine-Assisted Therapies in Autism. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 51(2), 127-142.

Hanrahan, C., Sabo, B. M., & Robb, P. (2017). Secondary Traumatic Stress and Veterinarians: Human–Animal Bonds as Psychosocial Determinants of Health. Traumatology. Advance online publication.

Hasan, S. I. (2017). Links Between Physical and Mental Health: Assessment of Therapeutic Riding’s Effect on Children with Special Needs.

Hayen, C. J. (2017). Canine-Assisted Psychotherapy: Finding the Way Back to Our Animal Soul (Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute).

Hediger, K., & Hund-Georgiadis, M. Animal-assisted therapy in the view of staff members before and after implementation in a rehabilitation clinic.

Heerde, J. A., Jones, M. G., & Fotiadis, P. (2017). ‘Happiness is hugging a therapy dog’: Exploring the use of animal assisted interventions with youth experiencing homelessness. Parity, 30(10), 47.

Heffernan, K., & Heffernan, K. (2017). The effect of an equine assisted therapy (EAT) programme on children’s occupational performance–a pilot study. Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 45(1), 28-39.

Herzog, H. (2017). How Good Is The Evidence that AAT Works?.

Howser, H., Dixon, T., & Nunez, J. (2017). Efficacy of Animal-Assisted Therapy Across Pediatric Care Settings: A Systematic Review.

Hu, M., Zhang, P., Leng, M., Li, C., & Chen, L. (2017). Animal-assisted intervention for individuals with cognitive impairment: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials and quasi-randomized controlled trials. Psychiatry Research.

Klemetsen, M. G., & Lindstrøm, T. C. Animal-Assisted Therapy in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders: A Systematic Mixed Methods Review.

Kondos, O. A. (2017). Canine-Assisted Therapies Among US Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: An Integrative Review of The Literature.


Levinson, E.M., M. Vogt, W.F. Barker, M. Renck Jalongo and P. Van Zandt. (2017). Effects of Reading with Adult Tutor/Therapy Dog Teams on Elementary Students’ Reading Achievement and Attitudes. Society & Animals 25(1): 38-56.

Lewis, A. (2017). Sexual Abuse of Animals: Why the Government Should Care about the Rape of Pets and Livestock Alike. J. Animal & Envtl. L., 9, 81.

Linder, D. E., Mueller, M. K., Gibbs, D. M., Alper, J. A., & Freeman, L. M. (2017). Effects of an Animal-Assisted Intervention on Reading Skills and Attitudes in Second Grade Students. Early Childhood Education Journal, 1-7.

Marquard, M. (2017). Puppy Prescriptions: Perceptions of Facility Dogs and Their Contribution to Psychosocial Care in Pediatric Hospitals (Doctoral dissertation, Mills College).

Martin, R. A., Graham, F. P., Taylor, W. J., & Levack, W. M. M. (2017). Mechanisms of Change for Children Participating in Therapeutic Horse Riding: A Grounded Theory. Physical & Occupational Therapy In Pediatrics, 1-17.

Grossman, N. J. (2017). Physiological and behavioral effects of animal-assisted interventions on therapy dogs in pediatric oncology settings. Applied Animal Behaviour Science.

McCullough, A., Ruehrdanz, A., Jenkins, M. A., Gilmer, M. J., Olson, J., Pawar, A., … & Grossman, N. J. (2017). Measuring the Effects of an Animal-Assisted Intervention for Pediatric Oncology Patients and Their Parents: A Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 1043454217748586.

Mendonca, R., Yhost, S., Santalucia, S., & Ideishi, S. (2017). Evaluation of the Impact of Animal Assistive Intervention on Attention, Social Initiation, and Regulation Skills of Children With Disabilities. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(4_Supplement_1), 7111515217p1-7111515217p1.

Merkies, K., Nakonechny, L., DuBois, C., & Derisoud, E. (2017). Preliminary study on current perceptions and usage of training equipment by horse enthusiasts in Canada. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 1-12.

Mey, S. C. (2017). Animal Assisted Therapy for Children with Autism. International Journal of Child Devlelopment and Mental Health, 5(1), 29-42.

Moyle, W., Jones, C. J., Murfield, J. E., Thalib, L., Beattie, E. R., Shum, D. K., … & Draper, B. M. (2017). Use of a Robotic Seal as a Therapeutic Tool to Improve Dementia Symptoms: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.

Muela, A., Balluerka, N., Amiano, N., Caldentey, M. A., & Aliri, J. (2017). Animal‐assisted psychotherapy for young people with behavioural problems in residential care. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy.

Naste, T. M., Price, M., Karol, J., Martin, L., Murphy, K., Miguel, J., & Spinazzola, J. (2017). Equine Facilitated Therapy for Complex Trauma (EFT-CT). Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 1-15.

Peggs, K. (2017). “What Have Animals to Do With Social Work?” A Sociological Reflection on Species and Social Work. Journal of Animal Ethics, 7(1), 96-108.

Perez-Camargo, G., & Creagan, E. T. (2017). The design of visitation facilities to engage patients with their own cats and dogs. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

Peters, C.S. (2017). Effects of Support Dogs on Eyewitness Anxiety during Questioning. Society & Animals, Volume 25, Issue 2, 105 –118.

Pietruch, A., Marsh, A., Steixner, B., Forkey, K., & McFarland, S. (2017). The Supports and Barriers to the Use of Animal-Assisted Therapy in Occupational Therapy Intervention with Adults (Doctoral dissertation, Utica College).

Pirrone, F., Ripamonti, A., Garoni, E. C., Stradiotti, S., & Albertini, M. (2017). Measuring Social Synchrony And Stress In The Handler-Dog Dyad During Animal Assisted Activities: A Pilot Study. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research.

Polking, A. K., Cornelius-White, J. H., & Stout, T. L. (2017). Doggone Good? Potential Benefits of Assistance Animals for Students on College Campuses. AHEADAssociation on, 30(3), 237.

Reega, S. J. (2017). Effects of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies on Equine Stress and Welfare.

Rumayor, C. B., & Thrasher, A. M. (2017). Reflections on Recent Research Into Animal-Assisted Interventions in the Military and Beyond. Current Psychiatry Reports, 19(12), 110.

Rusu, A. S. (2017). Constructing Healthy Experiences through Human-Animal Interactions for Autistic Children and Their Families: Implications for Research and Education. In Autism-Paradigms, Recent Research and Clinical Applications. InTech.

Schmitz, A., Beermann, M., MacKenzie, C. R., Fetz, K., & Schulz-Quach, C. (2017). Animal-assisted therapy at a University Centre for Palliative Medicine–a qualitative content analysis of patient records. BMC Palliative Care, 16(1), 50.

Schoenfeld-Tacher, R., Hellyer, P., Cheung, L., & Kogan, L. (2017). Public Perceptions of Service Dogs, Emotional Support Dogs, and Therapy Dogs. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(6), 642.

Scorzato, I., Zaninotto, L., Romano, M., Menardi, C., Cavedon, L., Pegoraro, A., … & Coppiello, D. (2017). Effects of Dog-Assisted Therapy on Communication and Basic Social Skills of Adults With Intellectual Disabilities: A Pilot Study. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 55(3), 125-139.

Scotland-Coogan, D. (2017). Receiving and training a service dog: The impact on combat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (Doctoral dissertation, Capella University).

So, W. Y., Lee, S. Y., Park, Y., & Seo, D. I. (2017). Effects of 4 Weeks of Horseback Riding on Anxiety, Depression, and Self-Esteem in Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Mens Health, 13(2), e1-e7.

Steinbeigle, J. (2017). Experience of a Counselor and Their Canine Animal Partner: A Qualitative Analysis (Doctoral dissertation, Capella University).

Tan, V. X. L., & Simmonds, J. G. (2017). Parent Perceptions of Psychosocial Outcomes of Equine-Assisted Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 1-11.

Tepfer, A., Ross, S., MacDonald, M., Udell, M. A., Ruaux, C., & Baltzer, W. (2017). Family Dog-Assisted Adapted Physical Activity: A Case Study. Animals, 7(5), 35.

Torbett, D. (2017). Exploring the Experiences of Adults After Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) (Doctoral dissertation, Walden University).

Tsantefski, M., Briggs, L., Griffiths, J., & Tidyman, A. (2017). An open trial of equine‐assisted therapy for children exposed to problematic parental substance use. Health & Social Care in the Community.

Turcsán, B., Miklósi, Á., & Kubinyi, E. (2017). Owner perceived differences between mixed-breed and purebred dogs. PLOS ONE, 12(2), e0172720.

Tuttle, S. (2017). The Effect of Pet Therapy and Yoga Programs on Perceived Stress in College Students (Doctoral dissertation, Southern Connecticut State University).

U’Halie, T. A. Using Animal Assisted Activities to Promote Trilingual Reading in Kazakhstan. In III International Colloquium Proceedings (p. 131).

van Besouw, J. R. (2017). Animal-assisted activities in a halfway facility: A case study.

Vincent, A., & Farkas, K. J. (2017). APPLICATION OF ATTACHEMENT THEORY TO EQUINE-FACILITATED THERAPY. Society Register, 1(1), 7-22.

Vincent, C., Belleville, G., Gagnon, D. H., Auger, É., & Lavoie, V. (2017). A Logic Model as the Sequence of Needs and Experience that Lead PTSD Patients to Seek a Service Dog and Concerns Related to It: A Stakeholders’ Perspective. Int J Neurorehabilitation, 4(268), 2376-0281.

Walde-Baughn, D. N. (2017). Equine Assisted Therapy on People with Multiple Sclerosis, A Case Study A Project Report Presented To The Faculty of the Anthropology Department at (Doctoral dissertation, San Jose State University).

White-Lewis, S., Russell, C., Johnson, R., Cheng, A. L., & McClain, N. (2017). Equine-assisted therapy intervention studies targeting physical symptoms in adults: A systematic review. Applied Nursing Research.

Williamson, J., & Guppy, A. (2017). A systematic review of equine-assisted psychotherapy in at-risk youths, offenders, and victims.

Wong, P. W., Rose, W. M., Li, T. M., Lai, S. L., Ng, H. Y., & Fan, W. T. (2017). Efficacy of a Multicomponent Intervention with Animal-Assisted Therapy for Socially Withdrawn Youth in Hong Kong.

Wood, W., Fields, B., Rose, M., & McLure, M. (2017). Animal-Assisted Therapies and Dementia: A Systematic Mapping Review Using the Lived Environment Life Quality (LELQ) Model. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(5), 7105190030p1-7105190030p10.

Yarmolkevich, N. (2017). Bonds Beyond Time: Are There Differences In Well-Being, Autonomy, And Bond Between Visually Impaired Individuals With Guide Dogs Versus Pet Dogs?.


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