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dc.contributor.authorColombo, Giovannien_US
dc.contributor.authorBuono, Marirosa Delloen_US
dc.contributor.authorSmania, Katyaen_US
dc.contributor.authorRaviola, Robertaen_US
dc.contributor.authorDe Leo, Diegoen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T11:39:19Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T11:39:19Z
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.date.modified2008-08-21T23:46:10Z
dc.identifier.issn01674943en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.archger.2005.06.011en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/14132
dc.description.abstractThe aim of this study was to assess whether a pet therapy program had a favorable effect on psychopathological status and perception of quality of life in cognitively unimpaired institutionalized elderly. Seven elderly rest homes in Veneto Region of Northern Italy participated in the project, which was conducted on 144 cognitively intact elderly residents (97 females and 47 males). The participants were randomly divided into three groups: 48 subjects were given a canary, 43 subjects were given a plant, and 53 subjects were given nothing. The observation period (t0-t1) lasted for 3 months. At time t0 and t1 participants were administered the mini mental state examination (MMSE) to assess their cognitive status, the LEIPAD II-Short Version (LEIPAD-SV), to gauge subjective perception of quality of life in the elderly, and the brief symptom inventory (BSI), for self-evaluation of the presence of psychopathological symptoms. At the end of the 3-month trial, tests were re-administered, without removing the experimental condition. Even if the group that received a plant seemed to benefit from the experience, they did not achieve the same positive results on BSI and quality of life subscales exhibited by the group that received a pet. This study reinforces the hypothesis that pet therapy may have a beneficial effect on the psychological well being of institutionalized elderly, in particular on aspects related to depressive symptoms and perception of quality of life.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherElsevier Science Pub. Co.en_US
dc.publisher.placeIrelanden_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom207en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto216en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue2en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatricsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume42en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode321204en_US
dc.titlePet therapy and institutionalized elderly: A study on 144 cognitively unimpaired subjectsen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.date.issued2006
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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