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I benefici percepibili della pet therapy in un reparto pediatrico
Biologa1, Psicologa2, Laureata in Scienze della Natura3, Addestratore cinofilo4, Medico Veterinario5 Azienda Universitaria “Federico II”, Napoli
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Perceptible benefits of pet therapy in a paediatric unit
Key words: Animals, Hospitalized children, Pet therapy
Objective: The objective of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of pet therapy on hospitalized children.
Material and Methods: The project “Can I give you a leg?” was born in October 2007 from a collaboration between the Corporate University "Federico II" of Naples, II Policlinico University Federiciana “Department of General Paediatrics”, and the association ONLUS AITACA (Italian Association of Activity and Therapy Animals). The project was undertaken by a multidisciplinary team consisting of an expert of AAA (Animal-assisted activities) and AAT (Animal-assisted treatment), biologists, psychologists, ethologists, dog trainers and a veterinary surgeon that, on a weekly basis, relate to young patients.
Results: An analysis of the collected data indicates very significant overall results, which especially concern the positive effects on children, showing a marked improvement in their social skills and interaction, the overcoming of their phobias to the animal and the increase in their self efficacy.
Conclusion: Given the high degree of satisfaction expressed by the people involved, the activity was in line with the objectives set forth by the association and with the demands of the hospital.
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