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  1. Animal assisted therapy and autism intervention: A synthesis of the literature

    Theses | Contributor(s): Jocelyn Turner

    The overall intention of this research project was to determine if, based on the available literature, Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) has potential as an efficacious adjunctive therapy method for helping to generate greater levels of social functioning, for individuals with Autism. This project...

  2. Qualitative and quantitative method comparison in animal-assisted therapy research

    Theses | Contributor(s): Laura Denenholz

    While there have been many presentations and anecdotal evidence in support of AAT, quantitative empirically validated studies are very limited. Without quantitative empirical studies to support the effectiveness of AAT, it remains an unproven complement to traditional physical and...

  3. The human-animal bond: How it can benefit health and well-being

    Theses | Contributor(s): Lindy M. Wegenka

  4. Effect of the human-animal bond on nursing home and assisted living facility residents

    Theses | Contributor(s): Erin Betts Foster

  5. Embodying the animal: Questioning human identity in literature and circus

    Theses | Contributor(s): Emily Katherine Vallillo

  6. An analysis and evaluation of sit stay read: Is the program effective in improving studentengagement and reading outcomes?

    Theses | Contributor(s): Corinne Serra Smith

    Sit Stay Read is a unique literacy intervention program that uses dogs in the classroom to improve student reading and writing outcomes in select, disadvantaged Chicago Public Schools. The goal of this research study was to analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the Sit Stay Read program in...

  7. Aspects of using animal-assisted interventions in a coaching model

    Theses | Contributor(s): Lisa Serad

    The purpose of this capstone is to describe several aspects of using an Animal-Assisted Intervention in a coaching model. My assumptions and arguments are based on eighteen years of volunteer work using dogs in hospital environments as well as the use of horses in therapeutic applications. The...

  8. Human–animal relationships as modulators of trauma effects in children: a developmental neurobiological perspective

    Theses | Contributor(s): Janet G. Yorke

    Humans and animals interaction is showing promise as a way to provide complementary and alternative medicine for humans. Children have an affinity for animals that could be useful therapeutically. Emotional stress and trauma impacts the neurobiology of children, who are vulnerable given the...

  9. Effects of animal-assisted therapy on behavior and reading in the classroom

    Theses | Contributor(s): Ashley Elizabeth Booten

    Research has shown that the presence of a therapy dog in the classroom should elicit a calming effect, reduce stress, and promote positive interactions among peers and adults. The purpose of this study is to examine the effect a therapy dog has on behavior and reading in the classroom....

  10. The effect of a therapeutic horsemanship program on emotionally disturbed boys

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alisa J Greenwald

    The relationships between humans and animals have been associated with various therapeutic implications. While there is no agreed upon name, the term “pet facilitated therapy” has become widely accepted. Pet facilitated therapy has been particularly adopted to describe the relationship between...

  11. 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 humans relationships with companion animals and companion...

  12. Women animal foster care workers: An ecofeminist critique

    Theses | Contributor(s): Denise L. Roemer

    As with other forms of animal rights activism, animal foster care also appears to be dominated by women. In this paper I explore the role of animal foster care in, and its implications for, a Patriarchal society based on hierarchical dualisms. I argue that through their work as animal foster...

  13. Human–dolphin encounter spaces: a qualitative investigation of the geographies and ethics of swim-with-the-dolphins programs

    Theses | Contributor(s): Kristin L. Stewart

    Throughout history and all over the world, dolphins have been welcomed across the human-animal boundary as an ethical subject fit for human companionship. The dolphin’s charismatic status has led to a burgeoning swim-with-dolphins industry that offers eager customers opportunities for close,...

  14. My best friend: a closer look at relationships with companion animals

    Theses | Contributor(s): Margaret E. Oehler

    This study examines relationships with companion animals and how they compare to relationships with a close friend. Three relationship measures were used; social support, love and closeness and conflict and conflict resolution. A survey measuring these three relational aspects was distributed to...

  15. Companion animal loss: a disenfranchised form of grief and why it's relevant to social work

    Theses | Contributor(s): Emily Merrill

    Thirty participants of the Companion Animal Love, Loss, and Memories (CALLM) group held at The University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center evaluated this program in order to find out if a mutual aid support group is beneficial for pet loss survivors. Demographics of participants were...

  16. Women and Animals in Affiliative Relationship: Healing Characteristics of the Animal Human Bond

    Theses | Contributor(s): Pamela Feeney

    Gender is a basic organizing principle that profoundly shapes material conditions of women's lives. Ecofeminism posits an association and joint oppression among women, animals, and nature, while feminist methodologies expose previously hidden aspects of women's reality. Despite the emergence of...

  17. The therapeutic value of the equine-human relationship in recovery from trauma: A qualitative analysis

    Theses | Contributor(s): Janet Yorke

    The purpose of this research was to explore the nature of equine-human bonding and its therapeutic value in recovery from trauma. The study sample consisted of six participants who identified that their pre-existing relationships with horses were therapeutic in recovering from various types of...