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Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)
Catherine Miller, Ph.D.
A review of the literature on pets' effects on mental health was undertaken. A critique of the literature investigated the elderly and terminally ill populations' reactions to pet interventions, such as Animal-Assisted Therapy, as it pertained to depression and anxiety. Despite lack of rigor and the need for additional research studies, the consensus is that pet interventions such as Animal-Assisted Therapy are effective in lessening or influencing positive change in levels of depression and anxiety experienced by these populations.
Olson, Brian Marc (2005). Do pets affect depression and anxiety in elderly and terminally ill persons? (Master's thesis, Pacific University). Retrieved from: