Anderson, A. & Anderson, L. (1999). Angel Animals. p. 89. New
York, NY: Penguin Putnam, Inc.
The authors work with at-risk youth and rescue animals
prompted their book explaining how rescue animals saved many abused and neglected children.
Beck, A. & Katcher, A. (1983). Between Pets and People: The
Importance of Animal Companionship. p. 31. New York,
NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.
The authors explain how important pet animals are to the
well-being of humans. They explain what humans value in
animal companionship and the reason it is valued.
Calcaterra, V., Veggiotti, P., Palestrini, C., De Giorgis, V.,
Raschetti, R., Tumminelli, M., & ... Pelizzo, G. (2015).
Post-Operative Benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy in
Pediatric Surgery: A Randomized Study. Plos ONE, 10(6),
1-13. doi:10.1371/journal.pone. 0125813
The Italian authors are affiliated with some of the most prestigious pediatric units in Italy, including: Department of the Mother and Child Health, Pediatric Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia, Italy
Department of Internal Medicine, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy
Department of Child Neurology and Psychiatry C. Mondino National Neurological Institute, Pavia, Italy
Brain and Behaviour Department, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy
Dipartimento di Scienze Veterinarie e Sanità Pubblica, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy
Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia, Italy
Biometry & Clinical Epidemiology, Scientific Direction, Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia, Italy
Laboratory of Clinical Chemistry, Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia, Italy
Pediatric Surgery Unit, Department of the Mother and Child Health, Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia, Italy
Department of Clinical-Surgical, Diagnostic and Pediatric Sciences University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy.
They all took an interest in animal-assisted therapy and have been involved in many studies which document physical and mental benefits of AAT.
Cloninger, C. R., Dinis, L., Sá, L., Moreira, P. S., Oliveira, J. T.,
Dias, A., & Oliveira, J. (2015). Personality and well-being
in adolescents. Frontiers in Psychology, 5. ArtID: 1494.
The Portugal authors define different profiles of the character dimensions of self-directedness, cooperativeness and self-transcendence. They explain how this results in different levels of well-being among adults and adolescents.
Connor, K. & Miller, J. (2000). Help from our animal friends.
Nursing Management, 31(7) 42, 44-46.
The authors explain how animals have been around for centuries and how they benefit patients just being around and observing them. They talk about the benefits of using animals in the counseling process.
Cordo, Charlene. (2004). Telephone interview.
Charlene Cordo is director of the dog program at Colorado Boys Ranch. She interviews and trains the boys and dogs. She was a great resource in planning the NYTC program.
Cusack, O. (1988). Pets and mental health. New York, NY:
Explains how pets affect our mental health. It also explores how human-pet relationships compare to human-human relationships.
Barker, S. B., Pandurangi, A. K., & Best, A. M. (2003). Effects of
animal-assisted therapy on patients' anxiety, fear, and depression before ECT. The Journal of ECT, 19(1), 38-44.
The authors made a list of 84 studies of how animal-assisted therapy effects patients, especially children having ECT, or electroconvulsive therapy. The studies showed how anxiety levels dropped as well as blood pressure.
Delta Society. (2012). Improving human health through service
and therapy animals. (1). http://www.deltasociety.org/page.aspx?pid=320.
The leading organization on animal-assisted therapy. Offers certification for both the animals and the handler. Defines AAT. Offers guidelines for doing AAT with all types of populations.
Dietz, T. J., Davis, D., & Pennings, J. (2012). Evaluating Animal-
Assisted Therapy in Group Treatment for Child Sexual Abuse. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 21(6), 665-683. doi:10.1080/10538712.2012.726700.
The authors offer a documented study which compares the effectiveness of three group interventions on children who have been sexually abused. The study revealed results which suggest children who participated in group therapy involving animals, showed significantly more change than the other groups. The study is meticulously done and documented.
Fine, A. (2010). Handbook on animal-assisted therapy:
theoretical foundations and guidelines for practice. Oxford,UK: Elsevier, Inc.
Invaluable text broken down into guidelines, methodology, theory, practice, and everything pertaining to AAT. A go-to book on AAT. A must-have for beginners as well as seasoned therapists. It also offers a complete compilation of references.
Friesen, L. (2010). Exploring animal-assisted programs with
children in school and therapeutic contexts. Early Childhood Education Journal, 37(4), 261-267. doi:10.1007/s10643-009-0349-5.
Lori Friesen writes about her experiences with her therapy dog Tango and shares how Tango benefitted children in her speech therapy group. She has done extensive research on how therapy dogs improve the lives of children.
Jalongo, M., (2005). What are all these dogs doing at school?
Using therapy dogs to promote children’s reading practice. Childhood Education, 81(3), 152-158.
The author has written numerous articles on the influence of pet and therapy dogs on young children’s lives. Jalongo has also worked with children and dogs in classrooms and hospitals and has documented the benefits. Jalongo has also written articles on how to work safely with dogs and children, and how to teach children how to be safe with animals.
Jalongo, M., Astorino, T., & Bomboy, N., (2004). Canine visitors:
The influence of therapy dogs on young children’s learning and well-being in classrooms and hospitals. Early Childhood Education Journal, 32(1), 9-16.
An interesting article on cultural consideration when using animals in the classroom and hospitals. Great insight by experts in the field of AAA, AAI, and AAT.
Levinson, B. (1969) Pet-Oriented Child Psychotherapy.
Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.
Levinson, explores some of the diverse psychotherapeutic uses of pets and some of the techniques that have and can be developed in the systematic and structured employment of pets in psychotherapy. I find it particularly useful in regards to the primary focus it has on children and animal therapy.
Malott, R. (2008). Principles of Behavior. Upper Saddle River, NJ:
Pearson Prentice Hall.
Explains human behavioral contingencies, positive and negative reinforcement, punishment, motivating operants, stimulus control and much more on complex human behavior. This book is very helpful in training dogs and humans.
Moore, K. (2006). Defining the term “at-risk”. Brief Research-to-
Results Trends Child, 12. Publication #2006-12.
Moore explains the confusion of the term “at-risk”. She helps the readers understand “at-risk” can be a flexible term and provides insight into the various meanings.
Olmert, M., (2009). Oxytocin deprivation. Made for Each Other:
The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond. (pp. 195-217). Philadelphia, PA: Da Capo Press.
The author has written documentaries for Smithsonian, World, and National Geographic Explorer. She was asked to participate in a research team by the University of Maryland doing research on neurobiology of social bonding. The book Made for Each Other was inspired by her work on the research of social bonding.
Osborne, S., & Bair, R. (2003). Healing Inmates' Hearts and
Spirits with Man's Best Friend. Corrections Today, 65(2), 122.
Osborne is programs specialist for Corrections Corp. Of American in Nashville, TN. Bair is programs manager at Kit Carson Correctional Center in Burlington, CO. The authors explain the Canine Assistance, Rehabilitation, Education, and Services (CARES) program being implemented at Kit Carson Correctional Center. They explain how this program has been used to boost morale and reduce recidivism rates of inmates.
Robin, M., & Bensel, R., (1985). Pets and socialization of children.
Marriage and Family Review, 8(3), 63-78.
Explains the importance of pets and animals in the lives of children and the lessons they can learn from animals.
Svensson, A. (2014). The impact of the animals on children's
learning and their development - a study of what children learn from and with pets: the example of dog and cat. Problems of Education in the 21st Century, 5977-85.
Agneta Simeonsdotter Svensson who is with the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has documented her experiences working with an animal protection organization in Sweden (Animal Welfare Sweden). Svensson documents life with animals and how it promotes learning and development in young children. She also explains the importance of helping children develop the animal-child bond by teaching simple activities such as obedience, safety, and responsibility.