The link between recurrent childhood animal cruelty and recurrent interpersonal violence
Theses | Contributor(s): Caleb E. Trentham
In the early 1960s, researchers began to examine the potential link between childhood animal cruelty and future interpersonal violence. Findings since then have been inconsistent in establishing a relationship between the two. This may be due to researchers failing to measure the recurrency of...
It's the Journey: The Developmental and Attachment Implications of Animal Assisted Play Therapy(TM) for Children in Emergency Housing
Theses | Contributor(s): Katharine Penzo Wenocur
BACKGROUND: Child homelessness is correlated with a wide range of health and psychosocial challenges including poor school performance, juvenile justice involvement, and heightened risk of exposure to early-life violence and trauma. Despite this, participation in therapy tends to be low. Animal...
Effects of Human Disturbance on Physiology, Behavior, and Ornamentation in the Eastern Bluebird
Theses | Contributor(s): Lauren Marjorie Gillespie
Overall, few studies have focused on anthropogenic disturbance on wildlife physiology. Research has typically focused on how environmentally contaminated areas or anthropogenic disturbance (e.g. noise, human activity) influences biodiversity, community structure and behavior of individual...
The Ethics of Interspecies Interactions
Theses | Contributor(s): Joel Bignell
The Ethics of Interspecies Interactions. This report is written to inquire as to whether there are certain circumstances when bestiality is morally permissible. There may be a point where an animal has a sufficiently high degree of freedom and intelligence, among other things, to qualify as a...
Life vs. Unlife: Interspecies Solidarity and Companionism in Contemporary American Literature
Theses | Contributor(s): Barnaby McLaughlin
This dissertation explores the representations of interspecies relationships in contemporary American literature. In recent years, interdisciplinary attention, variously referred to under the umbrella categories of Posthumanism," "Human-Animal Studies," "Animality...
The role of animal-assisted therapy in initial psychotherapy sessions with adolescents
Theses | Contributor(s): Erin B. Stromberg
Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is defined as "a goal directed intervention in which an animal, meeting specific criteria, is an integral part of the treatment process" (Nebbe, 1995, p. 40). Since its first introduction into the scientific community in the 1960s, AAT has grown in both...
Being with Bees: An Anthropological Study on Human-Animal Relations in Southern Beekeeping
Theses | Contributor(s): Kori Nadine Armstrong
This thesis investigates the complex and dynamic communicative relationship between beekeepers and their managed honey bee colonies, providing insight into the relationship between bees, their stewards, and the interface between nature and culture. It also helps unravel the ways in which this...
The Dog in Roman Peasant Life
Theses | Contributor(s): Kyle deSandes-Moyer
Dogs have been a part of civilization for thousands of years and have maintained one of the closest animal relationships with humans that exist today. The following research seeks to understand this connection during antiquity. This study answers the question of what roles the dog filled during...
Heroes and Horses: Veteran and Equine Experiences with Equine Facilitated Learning and Therapy
Theses | Contributor(s): Karen Elizabeth Krob
Equine-based programs with goals of helping Veterans and those involved in Veterans' lives are quickly gaining in number and popularity. A number of hypotheses exist as to why such programs might be effective, but what is the experience of those participating in such programs? Further, it...
Prison-based animal programs: a descriptive analysis
Theses | Contributor(s): Alicia M. Loe
There are many types of programs used in prisons. One such type is known as prison-based animal programs (PAPs). Prison-based animal programs bring animals into facilities in order to help offenders with emotional and behavioral problems. However promising these programs are, there is little...
A Protocol for Animal Assisted Therapy in a Midwestern Hospital
Theses | Contributor(s): Alexie J. Traiser, Katie J. Huot
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) has been shown to improve physiological, psychological, social, and physical aspects of clients (Miller & Ingram, 2000; Diefenbeck, Bouffard, Matukaitis, Hastings & Coble, 2010). AAT increases an individual’s strength, cognition, range of motion, and...
The Role of Animal-Assisted Interventions in Communication Skills of Children with Autism
Theses | Contributor(s): Jennifer Friedrich
Many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have difficulties with social communication and prosocial behaviors. Due to a lack of social communication and social interaction skills among children with ASD, special education teachers are tasked with providing meaningful social...
An Occupational Therapist's Manual for Animal Assisted Therapy with Emotionally Disturbed Adolescents
Theses | Contributor(s): Ann Marie Bilek, Hannah Osborne
According to the comprehensive literature review, animals are currently being used as an effective tool during therapy and have been reported to promote improvement with communication, behaviors, quality of life, and self esteem of different treatment populations. Since emotionally disturbed...
Captive Audiences: Interactions Between Visitors and Bonobos at the San Diego Zoo
Theses | Contributor(s): Elena Miyoko Carver
Primate exhibits in American zoological parks, especially those featuring the great apes, are among the most compelling, complex, and popular exhibits for visitors, and are a primary way the American public becomes familiar with our closest living relatives. In this study, I approach the...
Secret Psychological Revelations of Dolphins in Captivity
Theses | Contributor(s): Haylee Elizabeth Hilton
As with most things, the early years of Sea Animal training consisted of trials and errors, experimentations and false starts. Again, as with most things, those early efforts were analyzed and the successful efforts were kept and incorporated into the regular training routines....
Umfrage : Einsatz von Tieren auf Palliativstationen und in stationären Hospizen in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz und : Prospektive klinische Studie zur Überprüfung der Wirksamkeit Tiergestützter Therapie (TGT) zur Verbesserung der Befindlic
Theses | Contributor(s): Cora Tews
A Reference Tool for Occupational Therapists to Utilize when Planning Occupation-Based Interventions Using Animal-Assisted Therapy
Theses | Contributor(s): Jennifer L. Hamre, Kathryn E. Nagorka
The purpose of this scholarly project was to develop a reference tool for occupational therapists to implement an animal-assisted therapy (AAT) program utilizing small animals in preparatory, purposeful, and occupation-based interventions. A thorough literature review was completed using...
Intentional Integration of Service and Therapy Dogs in an Occupational Therapy Program Curriculum
Theses | Contributor(s): Stephanie Rehovsky, Brittni Danner
This scholarly project involves the intentional integration of Buddy, the service/therapy dog of the University of North Dakota’s Occupational Therapy graduate program. This project contains researched evidence regarding the variety of benefits involved with the implementation of animal...
Incorporating Household Pets and Service Animals: Local Government Emergency Preparedness in New Mexico
Theses | Contributor(s): Jesse Austin Sievers
Public Law 109-308, the Pet Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006 (PETS Act), requires states and local governments seeking federal assistance to have emergency preparedness operational plans address the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals prior to a...
Effects of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies on Equine Stress and Welfare
Theses | Contributor(s): Sarah Jean Reega
Equine assisted activities and therapies (EAATs) are becoming an increasingly popular approach for therapy, therapeutic recreation, and learning for a broad range of human clients and participants. In the EAAT field, most research has been human-centric, focusing primarily on benefits of EAATs...