Off-campus Pacific University users: To download campus access theses and dissertations, please log into our proxy server with your PUNet ID and password.

Non-Pacific University users: Please talk to your librarian about requesting this thesis or dissertation through interlibrary loan.

Theses or dissertations that have a specific embargo period indicated below will not be available to anyone until the date indicated.

Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

Maryka Biaggio, PhD


For hundreds of years animals have been used in therapy in numerous ways. More recently, there has been an increase in the use of animals in therapy with the elderly, children and adolescents, ad adults. The quantity of research on the effectiveness of utilizing animals in therapy has also increased. Findings generally suggest that animals do have therapeutic effects on people suffering from loneliness, isolation, emotional distress, learning and language disabilities, and autism. Despite the fact that a large amount of research has been conducted in this area, there is no up-to-date and comprehensive review of the literature. This paper is a comprehensive review of the literature on pet-facilitated therapy. Both the variety of animals utilized in therapy and the variety of populations found to be amenable to pet-facilitated therapy are discussed. Research findings and future directions are also discussed.


Due to limitations of the text recognition software, some pages (p. 2, p. 23) of this PDF are not searchable.