A meta-analysis was conducted of five studies of the use of animal-assisted activities therapy in the treatment of depression in institutionalized subjects [ 24 ]. Willingness to enrol and participate can also be interpreted as measures of perceived acceptability [ 58 ].
Twenty-five moderately demented residents of a nursing home were divided into two groups [ 9 ]. We could find no reviews focused on the distinct developmental period of adolescence 10—19 years [ 28 ].
However, subjects sometimes were troubled by their pet care responsibilities and grieved over the loss of pets.
Adult inpatients diagnosed with schizophrenia had reduced anhedonia [ 35 ] and other negative symptoms [ 36 ]. However, finally, in few cases, animal-assisted therapy has even been utilized to provide subjective benefit to critically ill patients in intensive care units [ 33 ].
In a similar trial, forty-two depressed patients spent time waiting for ECT in rooms with or without aquariums.