Animal-assisted interventions as innovative tools for mental health.

  title={Animal-assisted interventions as innovative tools for mental health.},
  author={Francesca Cirulli and Marta Borgi and Alessandra Berry and Nadia Francia and Enrico Alleva},
  journal={Annali dell'Istituto superiore di sanita},
  volume={47 4},
There is a growing interest for the potential health benefits of human-animal interactions. Although scientific evidence on the effects is far from being consistent, companion animals are used with a large number of human subjects, ranging from children to elderly people, who benefit most from emotional support. Based on a comprehensive review of the literature, this paper examines the potential for domesticated animals, such as dogs, for providing emotional and physical opportunities to enrich… CONTINUE READING