Animal-assisted therapy for middle-aged schizophrenic patients living in a social institution. A pilot study

Zoltán Kovács, Renáta Kis, Sándor Rózsa, Linda Rózsa

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Abstract

Objectives: To determine whether animal-assisted therapy is effective in the rehabilitation of middle-aged schizophrenic patients living in a social institution. Design: A before and after study with nine-month treatment period. Setting: Social institute for psychiatric patients. Subjects: Seven schizophrenic patients living in the social institute. Interventions: Weekly sessions of animal-assisted therapy for a nine-month period, each therapeutic session lasting for 50 minutes. Measures used: The Independent Living Skills Survey assessed by an independent rater. Results: After the completion of the therapy significant improvement in the domestic and health activities occurred. Conclusions: Animal-assisted therapy seems to be helpful in the rehabilitation of schizophrenic patients living in a social institution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-486
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Rehabilitation
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2004

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  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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