More than man's best friend: A look at attachment between humans and their canine companions
Theses | Contributor(s): Samantha E. Kennedy
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, there are currently more than 60 million pet dogs in the United States. This is an increase of nearly eighteen percent since 1991, coinciding with a growing area of research on human's relationships with companion animals and companion...
An investigation of the psychosocial impact of human-animal interaction on a forensic population
Theses | Contributor(s): Angela Krom Fournier
This quasi-experimental field study tested the psychosocial effects of a forensic human-animal interaction (HAI) program on prison inmates. The study assessed the impact of the HAI program using both between-subject and within-subject methods and analyses. A total of 54 male inmates participated...
Studying the human-animal bond in a community setting: A Sharpe community scholars research project
Theses | Contributor(s): Kelly O' Toole
The bond between humans and animals has existed within human society and culture for millions of years (B.J. King, 2010). We have, in the past and present, depended on them for food, clothing, protection, and companionship for our physical well-being (2010). This last feature –companionship –...
Performing human-animal relations in Spain: An anthropological study of bullfighting from horseback in Andalusia
Theses | Contributor(s): Kirrilly Thompson
A fundamental concern of human-animal studies is the human-animal boundary. The rider-horse relationship challenges this boundary through a degree of intercorporeality that is symbolised by the centaur. The centaur is transformative and generative; it is part horse, part human but moe than...
The mobile workshop: Mobility, technology, and human-animal interaction in Gonarezhou (national park), 1850- present
Theses | Contributor(s): Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga
The dissertation investigates the role of mobility in the interactions of people, technology, and nature in Gonarezhou National Park in southeastern Zimbabwe for the last 150 years. It concentrates on the movement of three specific actors. First, it examines the movement of people such as state...
Appalachian animals on our mind: A survey of human-animal relationships in Appalachian literature
Theses | Contributor(s): April Leigh Walters
Humans have lived with nonhuman animals in the Appalachian Mountains for thousands of years. The relationships formed between these two groups of life have changed over the course of that time, but remained complex, nonetheless. This thesis begins to study Appalachian human-animal relationships...
Benefits to pets from the human animal bond: A study of pet owner behaviors and their relation to attachment
Theses | Contributor(s): Deanna Kay Douglas
Researchers have demonstrated clear benefits to humans in their relationship with companion animals; however, little is known about how these animals may benefit from their relationship with humans.The purpose of the current study is to investigate potential benefits of a pet living in a...
Effects of pet ownership on street-involved youth in Ontario
Theses | Contributor(s): Michelle Lem
This thesis is comprised of three studies examining the effects of pet ownership on street-involved youth in Ontario. As a relatively new area of study, issues surrounding pet ownership among homeless youth were first explored qualitatively. The first two studies utilized a series of one-on-one...
Clients' service expectations and practitioners' treatment recommendations in veterinary oncology
Theses | Contributor(s): Debbie Lynn Stoewen
Service provision in veterinary oncology in Ontario was examined using a mixed methods approach. First, an interview-based qualitative study explored the service expectations of oncology clients at a tertiary referral centre. Next, a survey-based quantitative study established an understanding...
Man's best friend is trending toward women
Theses | Contributor(s): Courtney M. Miller
Over the past few decades, veterinary medicine has experienced a tremendous shift in both the gender of veterinarians entering the field and the particular field of interest for those veterinarians. Veterinary colleges across the nation are graduating classes that are greater than 75% female....
Estimating the early postmortem interval in domestic canines
Theses | Contributor(s): Keith William Proctor
The estimation of time of death (TOD) can be used to aid law enforcement officers in solving criminal cases involving a death. By determining the period from the TOD until the time the body is discovered, forensic investigators can potentially link or rule out a suspect. A great amount of...
Exploring the link between interpersonal violence to animals among juvenile sexual offenders
Theses | Contributor(s): Stephanie Ann Harness
The purpose of this study was to investigate the types of behaviors juvenile sexual offenders participate in and inflict on animals, and compare them to the behaviors of youths involved in other types of crimes, and youths not involved in any criminal activity. A total of 654 juvenile males...
Farm animal welfare and WTO law: Assessing the legality of policy measures
Theses | Contributor(s): Ike Sharpless
Submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Abstract: This paper identifies the trade policy measures available to countries to protect domestically high farm animal welfare standards and assesses their...
Equine assisted psychotherapy for combat veterans with PTSD
Theses | Contributor(s): Nancy Masters
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious problem for numerous post war combat veterans who have experienced violent and traumatic conflict scenarios. The importance of determining and making available effective treatment regimes for this disorder has become increasingly more acute due...
Examining the relationship between pet ownership and human health
Theses | Contributor(s): Misty Green
Previous research has established that pet ownership is related to psychological (Parslow et. al, 2005) and physical health (Siegel, 1990) in adulthood. However, no research to date has examined the relationship between pet ownership in childhood and psychological and physical health later in...
Animal assisted therapy for autistic children a descriptive narrative
Theses | Contributor(s): Carmille A. McElwain
Autism is a disorder of the Pervasive Developmental Disorder family. It affects all aspects of a child's development, including personal and social relationships, cognitive growth, and sometimes physical maturity as well. Currently, there is no cure for Autism, but a wide variety of therapies...
Encounters with "death work" in veterinary medicine : an ethnographic exploration of the medical practice of euthanasia
Theses | Contributor(s): Patricia Morris
This dissertation details the work of veterinarians in the context of euthanasia situations. Data consists of interviews with over 40 veterinarians and fieldnotes from 18 months of observation in veterinary hospitals. Participants include skilled, experienced veterinary specialists as well as...
A confirmatory factor analysis of the Lexington attachment to pets scale
Theses | Contributor(s): Tracy Leigh Zaparanick
The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which the word “pet” provided valid results in the Lexington Attachment to Pets Scale (LAPS) (Johnson, Garrity, & Stallones, 1992). A multiple-groups confirmatory factor analysis, using maximum likelihood (ML) estimation, was conducted...
Pet ownership to weight status: a path analysis
Theses | Contributor(s): Elizabeth Kingsley Casey
Research suggests that a multidimensional approach to obesity that addresses physiological, psychological, social, and environmental factors is optimal. Stress and self-esteem, as well as eating and exercise behaviors have been named as important factors in obesity. Curiously, although pets have...
Risk indicators for grief symptoms after the death of a pet: Does quality of attachment make a difference?
Theses | Contributor(s): Christine Marie Henry
Animal-human companionship has been an undervalued relationship in the field of psychology. People can form strong attachments to pets, and as a result, the death of a pet can be a devastating experience. The limited literature that exists on pet loss in the field of psychology leaves many...