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Interventi assistiti con gli animali


Human-animal bond. The domestic dog

• Archer J, Monton S. Preferences for Infant Facial Features in Pet Dogs and Cats. Ethology 2011;117:217-26.
• Archer J. Why Do People Love Their Pets? Evol Hum Behav 1997;18:237-59.
• Gacsi M, Gyori B, Viranyi Z, Kubinyi E, Range F, Belenyi B, et al. Explaining dog wolf differences in utilizing human pointing gestures: selection for synergistic shifts in the development of some social skills. PLoS One 2009;4:e6584.
• Gacsi M, McGreevy P, Kara E, Miklosi A. Effects of selection for cooperation and attention in dogs. Behav Brain Funct 2009;5:31.
• Hare B, Tomasello M. Human-like social skills in dogs? Trends Cogn Sci 2005;9:439-44.
• Lakatos G. Evolutionary approach to communication between humans and dogs. Ann Ist Super Sanità 2011; 47: 373-377.
• Miklosi A. Dog behaviour, evolution and cognition. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2007.
• Miklosi A. Evolutionary approach to communication between humans and dogs. Vet Res Commun 2009;33 Suppl 1:53-9.
• Pongracz P, Molnar C, Miklosi A. Barking in family dogs: an ethological approach. Vet J 2010;183:141-47.
• Serpell J. In the company of animals: A study of human-animal relationships. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 1996.
• Topal J, Gacsi M, Miklosi A, Virany Z, Kubinyi E, Csany V. Attachment to humans: a comparative study on hand-reared wolves and differently socialized dog puppies. Anim Behav 2005;70:1367-75.
• Topal J, Gergely G, Erdohegyi A, Csibra G, Miklosi A. Differential sensitivity to human communication in dogs, wolves, and human infants. Science 2009;325:1269-72.

Human-animal bond: effects on human health

• Allen K, Blascovich J, Mendes WB. Cardiovascular reactivity and the presence of pets, friends, and spouses: the truth about cats and dogs. Psychosom Med 2002;64:727-39.
• Allen K, Shykoff BE, Izzo JL, Jr. Pet ownership, but not ace inhibitor therapy, blunts home blood pressure responses to mental stress. Hypertension 2001;38:815-20.
• Allen KM, Blascovich J, Tomaka J, Kelsey RM. Presence of human friends and pet dogs as moderators of autonomic responses to stress in women. J Pers Soc Psychol 1991;61:582-9.
• Anderson WP, Reid CM, Jennings GL. Pet ownership and risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Med J Aust 1992;157:298-301.
• Barker SB, Knisely JS, McCain NL, Schubert CM, Pandurangi AK. Exploratory Study of StressBuffering Response Patterns from Interaction with a Therapy Dog. Anthrozoös 2010;23:79-91.
• Bauman AE, Russell SJ, Furber SE, Dobson AJ. The epidemiology of dog walking: an unmet need for human and canine health. Med J Aust 2001;175:632-4.
Cirulli F, Alleva E. Terapie e attività assistite con gli animali: analisi della situazione italiana e proposta di linee guida. Roma: Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rapporti ISTISAN 07/35; 2007.
Cirulli F, Borgi M, Berry A, Francia N, Alleva E. Animal-assisted interventions as innovative tools for mental health. Ann Ist Super Sanità 2011; 47: 341-348.
Cirulli F, Francia N, Alleva E. Terapie e attività assistite con gli animali in Italia. Attualità, prospettive e proposta di linee guida. Roma: Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rapporti ISTISAN 10/4; 2010.
• Dembicki D, Anderson J. Pet ownership may be a factor in improved health of the elderly. J Nutr Elder 1996;15:15-31.
• DeSchriver M, Riddick C. Effects of watching aquariums on elders’ stress. Anthrozoös 1990;4:44-48.
• Friedmann E, Katcher AH, Lynch JJ, Thomas SA. Animal companions and one-year survival of patients after discharge from a coronary care unit. Public Health Rep 1980;95:307-12.
• Friedmann E, Katcher AH, Thomas SA, Lynch JJ, Messent PR. Social interaction and blood pressure. Influence of animal companions. J Nerv Ment Dis 1983;171:461-65.
• Friedmann E, Locker B, Lockwood R. Perception of Animals and Cardiovascular Responses During Verbalization with an Animal Present. Anthrozoös 1993;6:115-34.
• Friedmann E, Son H. The human-companion animal bond: how humans benefit. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 2009;39:293-326.
• Friedmann E, Thomas S, Cook L, Tsai C, Picot S. A friendly dog as potential moderator of cardiovascular response to speech in older hypertensives. Anthrozoös 2007;20:51-63.
• Friedmann E, Thomas SA. Pet ownership, social support, and one-year survival after acute myocardial infarction in the Cardiac Arrhythmia Suppression Trial (CAST). Am J Cardiol 1995;76:1213-17.
• Grandgeorge M, Hausberger M. Human-animal relationships: from daily life to animal-assisted therapies. Ann Ist Super Sanità 2011; 47: 397-408.
• Katcher AH, Friedmann E, Beck AM, Lynch JJ. Looking, talking and blood pressure: The physiological consequences of interaction with the living environment. In: Katcher AH, Beck AM (Ed.). New Perspectives on Our Lives with Companion Animals. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press; 1983. p. 351-59.
• Knight S, Edwards V. In the company of wolves: the physical, social, and psychological benefits of dog ownership. Journal of Aging and Health 2008;20:437-55.
• McNicholas J, Collis GM. Dogs as catalysts for social interactions: robustness of the effect. British Journal of Psychology 2000;91:61-70.
• Nagasawa M, Kikusui T, Onaka T, Ohta M. Dog's gaze at its owner increases owner's urinary oxytocin during social interaction. Horm Behav 2009;55:434-41.
• Odendaal JS, Meintjes RA. Neurophysiological correlates of affiliative behaviour between humans and dogs. Vet J 2003;165:296-301.
• Odendaal JS. Animal-assisted therapy - magic or medicine? J Psychosom Res 2000;49:275-80.
• Serpell J. Beneficial effects of pet ownership on some aspects of human health and behaviour. J R Soc Med 1991;84:717-20.
• Siegel JM. Stressful life events and use of physician services among the elderly: the moderating role of pet ownership. J Pers Soc Psychol 1990;58:1081-86.
• Wells D. The effect of videotapes of animals on cardiovascular responses to stress. Stress Health 2005;21:209 -13.
• Wells DL. Domestic dogs and human health: an overview. Br J Health Psychol 2007;12:145-56.
• Wells DL. The facilitation of social interactions by domestic dogs. Anthrozoös 2004;17:340-52.
• Wilson CC. The pet as an anxiolytic intervention. J Nerv Ment Dis 1991;179:482-89.
• Wood L, Giles-Corti B, Bulsara M. The pet connection: pets as a conduit for social capital? Soc Sci Med 2005;61:1159-73.

Elderly, Senile dementia, Alzheimer’s desease

• Banks MR, Banks WA. The effects of animal-assisted therapy on loneliness in an elderly population in long-term care facilities. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2002;57:M428-M32.
• Banks MR, Willoughby LM, Banks WA. Animal-assisted therapy and loneliness in nursing homes: use of robotic versus living dogs. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2008;9:173-7.
Berry A, Borgi M, Terranova L, Chiarotti F, Alleva E, Cirulli F. Developing Effective Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) Programs Involving Visiting Dogs for Institutionalized Geriatric Patients: a pilot study. Psychogeriatrics, in press
• Edwards NE, Beck AM. Animal-assisted therapy and Nutrition in Alzheimer's disease. West J Nurs Res 2002;24:697-712.
• Kaiser L, Spence LJ, McGavin L, Struble L, Keilman L. A dog and a "happy person" visit nursing home residents. West J Nurs Res 2002;24:671-83.
• Kanamori M, Suzuki M, Yamamoto K, Kanda M, Matsui Y, Kojima E, et al. A day care program and evaluation of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) for the elderly with senile dementia. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen 2001;16:234-9.
• Kramer SC, Friedmann E, Bernstein PL. Comparison of the Effect of Human Interaction, Animal-Assisted Therapy, and AIBO-Assisted Therapy on Long-Term Care Residents with Dementia. Anthrozoös 2009;22:43-57.
• Le Roux MC, Kemp R. Effect of a companion dog on depression and anxiety levels of elderly residents in a long-term care facility. Psychogeriatrics 2009;9:23-26.
• Lutwack-Bloom P, Smith B, Wijewickrama R. Effects of pets versus people visits with nursing home residents. J Gerontol Soc Work 2005;44:137-59.
• Marx MS, Cohen-Mansfield J, Regier NG, Dakheel-Ali M, Srihari A, Thein K. The impact of different dog-related stimuli on engagement of persons with dementia. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen 2010;25:37-45.
• McCabe BW, Baun MM, Speich D, Agrawal S. Resident dog in the Alzheimer's special care unit. West J Nurs Res 2002;24:684-96.
• Motomura N, Yagi T, Ohyama H. Animal assisted therapy for people with dementia. Psychogeriatrics 2004;4:40-42.
• Phelps KA, Miltenberger RG, Jens T, Wadeson H. An investigation of the effects of dog visits on depression, mood, and social interaction in elderly individuals living in a nursing home. Behavioral Interventions 2008;23:181-200.
• Richeson NE. Effects of animal-assisted therapy on agitated behaviors and social interactions of older adults with dementia. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen 2003;18:353-8.

Psychiatric disorders, Schizophrenia

• Barak Y, Savorai O, Mavashev S, Beni A. Animal-assisted therapy for elderly schizophrenic patients: a one-year controlled trial. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 2001;9:439-42.
• Barker SB, Pandurangi AK, Best AM. Effects of animal-assisted therapy on patients' anxiety, fear, and depression before ECT. J Ect 2003;19:38-44.
• Berget B, Braastad BO. Animal-assisted therapy with farm animals for persons with psychiatric disorders. Ann Ist Super Sanità 2011; 47: 384-390
• Berget B, Ekeberg O, Braastad BO. Animal-assisted therapy with farm animals for persons with psychiatric disorders: effects on self-efficacy, coping ability and quality of life, a randomized controlled trial. Clin Pract Epidemiol Ment Health 2008;4:9.
• Bizub AL, Joy A, Davidson L. "It's like being in another world": demonstrating the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding for individuals with psychiatric disability. Psychiatr Rehabil J 2003;26:377-84.
• Chu CI, Liu CY, Sun CT, Lin J. The effect of animal-assisted activity on inpatients with schizophrenia. J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv 2009;47:42-8.
• Kovacs Z, Kis R, Rozsa S, Rozsa L. Animal-assisted therapy for middle-aged schizophrenic patients living in a social institution. A pilot study. Clin Rehabil 2004;18:483-6.
• Nathans-Barel I, Feldman P, Berger B, Modai I, Silver H. Animal-assisted therapy ameliorates anhedonia in schizophrenia patients. A controlled pilot study. Psychother Psychosom 2005;74:31-5.
• Prothmann A, Bienert M, Ettrich C. Dogs in child psychotherapy: Effects on state of mind. Anthrozoös 2006;19:265-77.


• Bass MM, Duchowny CA, Llabre MM. The effect of therapeutic horseback riding on social functioning in children with autism. J Autism Dev Disord 2009;39:1261-7.
• Martin F, Farnum J. Animal-assisted therapy for children with pervasive developmental disorders. West J Nurs Res 2002;24:657-70.
• Redefer LA, Goodman JF. Brief report: pet-facilitated therapy with autistic children. J Autism Dev Disord 1989;19:461-7.
• Sams MJ, Fortney EV, Willenbring S. Occupational therapy incorporating animals for children with autism: A pilot investigation. Am J Occup Ther 2006;60:268-74.
• Silva K, Correia R, Lima M, Magalhaes A, de Sousa L. Can dogs prime autistic children for therapy? Evidence from a single case study. J Altern Complement Med 2011;17:655-9.
• Solomon O. What a Dog Can Do: Children with Autism and Therapy Dogs in Social Interaction. ETHOS, Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 2010;38:143-66.


• Bouchard F, Landry M, Belles-Isles M, Gagnon J. A magical dream: a pilot project in animal-assisted therapy in pediatric oncology. Can Oncol Nurs J 2004;14:14-7.
• Johnson RA, Meadows RL, Haubner JS, Sevedge K. Animal-assisted activity among patients with cancer: effects on mood, fatigue, self-perceived health, and sense of coherence. Oncol Nurs Forum 2008;35:225-32.
• Orlandi M, Trangeled K, Mambrini A, Tagliani M, Ferrarini A, Zanetti L, et al. Pet therapy effects on oncological day hospital patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Anticancer Res 2007;27:4301-3.

Cronic heart failure

• Abate SV, Zucconi M, Boxer BA. Impact of Canine-Assisted Ambulation on Hospitalized Chronic Heart Failure Patients' Ambulation Outcomes and Satisfaction: A Pilot Study. J Cardiovasc Nurs 2011.
• Cole KM, Gawlinski A, Steers N, Kotlerman J. Animal-assisted therapy in patients hospitalized with heart failure. Am J Crit Care 2007;16:575-85; quiz 86; discussion 87-8.


• LaFrance C, Garcia LJ, Labreche J. The effect of a therapy dog on the communication skills of an adult with aphasia. J Commun Disord 2007;40:215-24.
• Macauley BL. Animal-assisted therapy for persons with aphasia: A pilot study. J Rehabil Res Dev 2006;43:357-66.

Therapeutic riding - Equine-facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP)

• Bizub AL, Joy A, Davidson L. “It’s like being in another world”: demonstrating the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding for individuals with psychiatric disability. Psychiatr Rehabil J 2003;26:377-84.
• Bronson C, Brewerton K, Ong J, Palanca C, Sullivan SJ. Does hippotherapy improve balance in persons with multiple sclerosis: a systematic review. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med 2010;46:347-53.
Cerino S, Cirulli F., Chairotti F, Seripa S. Non conventional psychiatric rehabilitation in schizophrenia using therapeutic riding: the FISE multicentre Pindar project. Ann Ist Super Sanità 2011; 47: 409-414
• Karol J. Applying a traditional individual psychotherapy model to equine-facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP): theory and method. Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry 2007;12:77-90.
• Lechner HE, Kakebeeke TH, Hegemann D, Baumberger M. The effect of hippotherapy on spasticity and on mental well-being of persons with spinal cord injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2007;88:1241-8.
• Macauly B, Gutierrez K. The Effectiveness of Hippotherapy for Children With Language-Learning Disabilities. Commun Disord Q 2004;25:205-17.
• McGibbon NH, Benda W, Duncan BR, Silkwood-Sherer D. Immediate and long-term effects of hippotherapy on symmetry of adductor muscle activity and functional ability in children with spastic cerebral palsy. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2009;90:966-74.
• Schultz PN, Remick-Barlow GA, Robbins L. Equine-assisted psychotherapy: a mental health promotion/intervention modality for children who have experienced intra-family violence. Health Soc Care Community 2007;15:265-71.
• Silkwood-Sherer D, Warmbier H. Effects of hippotherapy on postural stability, in persons with multiple sclerosis: a pilot study. J Neurol Phys Ther 2007;31:77-84.
• Snider L, Korner-Bitensky N, Kammann C, Warner S, Saleh M. Horseback riding as therapy for children with cerebral palsy: is there evidence of its effectiveness? Phys Occup Ther Pediatr 2007;27:5-23.
• Vidrine M, Owen-Smith P, Faulkner P. Equine-facilitated group psychotherapy: applications for therapeutic vaulting. Issues Ment Health Nurs 2002;23:587-603.

Child development and the human"companion animal bond

• Anderson K, Olson M. The value of a dog in a classroom of children with severe emotional disorders. Anthrozoös 2006;19:35-49.
• Beetz A, Kotrschal K, Turner D, Hediger K, Uvnäs-Moberg K, Julius H. The Effect of a Real Dog, Toy Dog and Friendly Person on Insecurely Attached Children During a Stressful Task: An Exploratory Study. Anthrozoös 2011; 24:349-368.
• Daly B, Morton LL. An investigation of human-animal interactions and empathy as related to pet preference, ownership, attachment, and attitudes in children. Anthrozoös 2006;19:113-27.
• Endenburg N, van Lith HA. The influence of animals on the development of children. Vet J 2011; 190:208-214.
• Esteves WS, Stokes T. Social effects of a dog’s presence on children with disabilities. Anthrozoös 2008;21:5-15.
• Gee N, Harris S, Johnson K. The role of therapy dogs in speed and accuracy to complete motor skills tasks for preschool children. Anthrozoös 2007;20:375-86.
• Havener L, Gentes L, Thaler B, Megel ME, Baun MM, Driscoll FA, et al. The effects of a companion animal on distress in children undergoing dental procedures. Issues Compr Pediatr Nurs 2001;24:137-52.
• Hergovich A, Monshi B, Semmler G, Zieglmayer V. The effects of the presence of a dog in the classroom. Anthrozoös 2002;15:37-50.
• Kotrschal K, Ortbauer B. Behavioural effects of the presence of a dog in the classroom. Anthrozoös 2003;16:147-59.
• Limond JA, Bradshaw JWS, Cormack KFM. Behavior of children with learning disabilities interacting with a therapy dog. Anthrozoös 1997;10:84-89.
• Melson GF. Child development and the human - companion animal bond. American Behavioural Scientist 2003;47:31-39.
• Nagengast SL, Baun MM, Megel M, Leibowitz JM. The effects of the presence of a companion animal on physiological arousal and behavioral distress in children during a physical examination. J Pediatr Nurs 1997;12:323-30.
• Parish-Plass N. Animal-assisted therapy with children suffering from insecure attachment due to abuse and neglect: a method to lower the risk of intergenerational transmission of abuse? Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry 2008;13:7-30.
• Prothmann A, Albrecht K, Dietrich S, Hornfeck U, Stieber S, Ettrich C. Analysis of Child-Dog Play Behavior in Child Psychiatry. Anthrozoös 2005;18:43-58.
• Tsai C, Friedmann E, Thomas SA. The Effect of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Stress Responses in Hospitalized Children. Anthrozoös 2010;23:245-58.
• Van Houtte BA, Jarvis PA. The role of pets in preadolescent psychosocial development. J Appl Dev Psychol 1995;16:463-79.
• Vidović VV, Stetić VV, Bratko D. Pet Ownership, Type of Pet and Socio-Emotional Development of School Children. Anthrozoös 1999;12:211-17.

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