Animal-Assisted Interactions: Impacts for At-Risk Youth
Date of Paper/Work
Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
Type of Paper/Work
Clinical research paper
Animal-assisted interactions (AAI) have shown increasing promise in reaching at-risk youth. Overview: This systematic review explores the biopsychosocial-spiritual impacts of AAI for at-risk youth through analyzing the existing body of empirical research in the field. Qualitative analysis of findings indicated three main themes identified as (1) "the human animal connection, " exploring the unique impacts of equine and canine partnership in treatment, (2) "a new sense of self, " describing internal benefits of AAI, and (3) "social impacts" or increased prosocial behavior in participants. Quality assessment ratings indicated need for additional research in the field; however, results indicate promising outcomes for at-risk clients.
animal assisted interventions, equine therapy
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Axen, Emily M., "Animal-Assisted Interactions: Impacts for At-Risk Youth" (2015). Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers. 412.