Evaluating Animal-Assisted Therapy in Group Treatment for Child Sexual Abuse

@article{Dietz2012EvaluatingAT,
  title={Evaluating Animal-Assisted Therapy in Group Treatment for Child Sexual Abuse},
  author={Tracy J. Dietz and Diana Davis and Jacquelyn S. Pennings},
  journal={Journal of Child Sexual Abuse},
  year={2012},
  volume={21},
  pages={665 - 683}
}
This study evaluates and compares the effectiveness of three group interventions on trauma symptoms for children who have been sexually abused. All of the groups followed the same treatment protocol, with two of them incorporating variations of animal-assisted therapy. A total of 153 children ages 7 to 17 who were in group therapy at a Child Advocacy Center participated in the study. Results indicate that children in the groups that included therapy dogs showed significant decreases in trauma… 
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