alexa Effects Of Dog-assisted Therapy On Self Efficacy And Coping Behavior Of People With Mental Illness: Retrospective Cohort Study
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Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy
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World Congress on Eating Disorders, Nutrition & Mental Health
September 12-13, 2016 Philadelphia, USA

Elizabeth Maitland
RECOVERY Assistance Dogs, UK
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Obes Weight Loss Ther
DOI: 10.4172/2165-7904.C1.037
Abstract
The benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) for mental health conditions have been well-documented, but there is lack of scientific studies using dogs as therapeutic agents for psychiatric patients. The present study was conducted to examine dog assisted intervention on self-efficacy, coping ability among patients with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses. A Retrospective cohort study was conducted by means of assessment files of patients with mental illness who visited RECOVERY assistance dog. Study examined data of out-patients before and after the dog assisted intervention. Record data were included during 2010 to 2016 along with the follow up of one year. Interrupted time series and chi-square analyses were used to study the impact of dog assistance. During the intervention period there was a significant increase in the self efficacy and coping behavior in the participants. At follow up, this change remained stable. Dog assisted intervention may have positive influences on self-efficacy and coping ability among psychiatric patients with long lasting psychiatric symptoms.
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