Location

CSU 253

Start Date

21-4-2014 10:00 AM

End Date

21-4-2014 11:00 AM

Student's Major

Psychology

Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mentor's Name

Jeffrey Buchanan

Mentor's Email Address

jeffrey.buchanan@mnsu.edu

Mentor's Department

Psychology

Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Description

This literature review was performed to assess the current standing of the use of animals as a therapeutic agent for individuals suffering from dementia. This area of study is currently broad; therefore the intent of reviewing the current literature was to establish what has been studied at this point in time and to recommend future research directions in the field. The literature search was performed on three academic search sites (PsycINFO, PubMed, and AgeLine) using four search terms (“Pet therapy Alzheimer’s,” “Pet therapy dementia,” “Animal therapy Alzheimer’s,” “Animal therapy dementia”); search results were verified by having a second researcher independently conduct the literature search using the same criteria used by the author. A total of 26 studies meeting inclusion criteria were reviewed. The general findings of this review show that individuals suffering from dementia who are exposed to animals tend to show improvements in measured outcomes (including behavioral, social, and physiological measures). Based on these findings, it is recommended that future studies examining the impact of interactions between persons with dementia and animals are warranted. However it is recommended that future studies should be done with a more focused intent, should include larger numbers of participants, and should make use of more standardized assessments instruments so the benefits of exposure to animals can be more definitively established.

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The Benefits of Exposure to Animals for Persons with Dementia: A Literature Review

CSU 253

This literature review was performed to assess the current standing of the use of animals as a therapeutic agent for individuals suffering from dementia. This area of study is currently broad; therefore the intent of reviewing the current literature was to establish what has been studied at this point in time and to recommend future research directions in the field. The literature search was performed on three academic search sites (PsycINFO, PubMed, and AgeLine) using four search terms (“Pet therapy Alzheimer’s,” “Pet therapy dementia,” “Animal therapy Alzheimer’s,” “Animal therapy dementia”); search results were verified by having a second researcher independently conduct the literature search using the same criteria used by the author. A total of 26 studies meeting inclusion criteria were reviewed. The general findings of this review show that individuals suffering from dementia who are exposed to animals tend to show improvements in measured outcomes (including behavioral, social, and physiological measures). Based on these findings, it is recommended that future studies examining the impact of interactions between persons with dementia and animals are warranted. However it is recommended that future studies should be done with a more focused intent, should include larger numbers of participants, and should make use of more standardized assessments instruments so the benefits of exposure to animals can be more definitively established.

Recommended Citation

Bennett, Stephanie. "The Benefits of Exposure to Animals for Persons with Dementia: A Literature Review." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 21, 2014.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2014/oral_session_03/2

 

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