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Therapy With Horses Appears to Lessen Violent Incidents

A horse is only a horse, of course, unless the horse is an adjunctive psychotherapist.Researchers at New Jew Jersey’s Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, a 500-bed state facility, tested the relative effects of animal-assisted therapy on violent behavior among a group of 90 patients randomized to receive either therapy with horses, dogs, enhanced social skills training, or usual care, reported Jeffry Nurnberg, M.D., and colleagues online today in Psychiatric Services in Advance. Most of the patients were diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder and had been hospitalized for an average of...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Wednesday, 1 October, 2014

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