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The evidence for the psychological benefits of animals is surprisingly weak

19 December 2016

People have kept household pets for centuries, but with animals now being used in a therapeutic fashion, is the evidence actually there to support the benefits of animal therapy?

There has not been enough empirical evidence collected so far to support the recent boom in the use of animal therapy techniques across settings including hospitals, schools and prisons.

It's not that the benefits definitely don't exist, however, but that research has been unable to keep pace with such a rapidly expanding market and that we are perhaps unable to use animal therapy effectively as a result.

Read more on our Research Digest blog.


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