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Evaluation of social relationships in elderly by animal-assisted activity

  • Lucia Francesca Menna (a1), Marzia Fontanella (a1), Antonio Santaniello (a1), Eduardo Ammendola (a2), Maddalena Travaglino (a2), Francesca Mugnai (a3), Annamaria Di Maggio (a4) and Alessandro Fioretti (a1)...

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Pet therapy had its origins in the USA in the early 1960s and is based on the hypothesis that the relationship between different species may have a therapeutic effect.

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International Psychogeriatrics
  • ISSN: 1041-6102
  • EISSN: 1741-203X
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