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Psychol Rep. 1996 Feb;78(1):339-48.

Avian companionship in alleviation of depression, loneliness, and low morale of older adults in skilled rehabilitation units.

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College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha 68198-5330, USA.


To assess effects of a companion bird on the depression, morale, and loneliness of 40 older adults in a skilled rehabilitation unit, self-reported measures of depression, loneliness, and morale were completed on admission and 10 days later. With the presence of a companion bird the experimental group (n = 20) showed a significant decrease in depression but none in morale or loneliness from the control group (n = 20) who were without a bird. Use of a companion bird may lessen negative effects of change of residence for older adults.

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