Animal-assisted therapy - magic or medicine?
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

A sound theoretical basis supported by scientifically measured physiological parameters is needed to gain medical support for animal-assisted therapy. Six neurochemicals associated with a decrease in blood pressure were measured in humans (n=18) and dogs (n=18) before and after positive interaction. Results (P<.05) indicated that in both species the neurochemicals involved with attention-seeking or attentionis egens behavior have increased. This information can be used as a rationale for animal-assisted therapy.

Author(s): 
Odendaal, J. S.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Journal of Psychosomatic Research
Journal Abbreviation: 
J Psychosom Res
Publication Date: 
2000-10
Publication Year: 
2000
Pages: 
275-280
Volume: 
49
Issue: 
4
ISSN: 
0022-3999
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 11119784

Turabian/Chicago Citation

J. S. Odendaal. 2000-10. "Animal-assisted therapy - magic or medicine?." Journal of Psychosomatic Research 49: 4: 275-280.

Wikipedia Citation

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