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Pet-facilitated therapy : the Maples project Copley, Erica Amy


The value of pet-facilitated therapy is explored in this study. The interactions between visiting dogs and the adolescents in a treatment centre are examined. An ethnographic/participant observation method is used. Subjects also complete an open-ended sentence questionnaire and participate in an interview. Several themes pertaining to the pet-human interactions are extracted. A summary of the perceived benefits of pet-facilitated therapy and recommendations for further study are provided.

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