Date of Award
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology
Pet-facilitated therapy has been hailed in recent years as an effective means of bringing about psychosocial benefits for elderly people in institutions. However, empirical investigations are relatively recent and more are needed.
The primary objectives of this dissertation were: 1) to conduct an empirically sound study of the mascot model of pet therapy, focusing specifically on its impact on levels of loneliness and depression among nursing home residents, 2) to identify the relationship between existential well-being and loneliness and depression, and 3) to address the use of pets to meet the social/emotional needs of humans from a framework of biblical theology.
Reed, Mark E., "The Mascot Model of Human/Companion Animal Interaction: Its Effects on Levels of Loneliness and Depression Among Residents of a Nursing Home" (1986). Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). 270.