ERIC Number: EJ893375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
Animal-Assisted Therapy with Female Inmates with Mental Illness: A Case Example from a Pilot Program
Jasperson, Rachael A.
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, v49 n6 p417-433 2010
Female offenders' mental health needs have consistently been shown to exceed those of male offenders. Incarcerated women report higher rates of violent victimization, major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, mood disorders, substance use disorders, and personality disorders. For years, researchers have examined the human-animal relationship through the lens of attachment theory in order to understand the symbiosis that exists. The following article describes a pilot animal-assisted therapy program implemented at Utah State Prison for female inmates struggling with mental illness. Following this description, a clinical case example is used to illustrate the impact of this program on a particular group member.
Descriptors: Animals, Personality Problems, Health Needs, Pilot Projects, Correctional Institutions, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Mental Disorders, Personality, Therapy, Depression (Psychology), Females, Attachment Behavior, Institutionalized Persons, Case Studies, Substance Abuse
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Utah