Examining the relationship between pet ownership and human health
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 are...
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 to...
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...
Relationships between pet ownership, physical activity, and human health in elderly persons
Theses | Contributor(s): Roland James Thorpe
While previous studies have suggested that pet ownership is associated with improved health among older adults, the basis for the association is unclear. Increased physical activity has been suggested as a possible explanation, but only one study has evaluated this mechanism. ^ Data from...
Pet-facilitated occupational therapy: efficacy in a psychiatric setting
Theses | Contributor(s): Ciara Cox
The effects of the presence of a dog on the social interactions of children with developmental disabilities
Theses | Contributor(s): Stephanie Walters
The effects of the presence of a dog on the social interactions between children with developmental disabilities and their teacher were analyzed in this study. We examined whether the presentation of a dog would improve the social interactions of three children with developmental disabilities. A...
Perceptions of guide dog users on their dogs' impact on their lives
Theses | Contributor(s): Mei Ling Wong
Since 1929, dogs have been trained in the United States to guide the blind and visually impaired. While there are numerous testimonials and personal accounts on how dog guides change the individual lives of their blind handlers, there is a paucity of research on this topic. The intent of this...
Developing an online horseless horse learning lesson: An action research study
Theses | Contributor(s): Jessica M. Bauman
In today’s society it is becoming ever so important to find creative and influential outlets to keep young people occupied in positive ways. High quality youth programs are shown to make a positive difference in the lives of many young people; therefore, it is important to continue the use of...
Determining the morality of active euthanasia
Theses | Contributor(s): Harry D. Myers
Management of agitation in individuals with Dementia: An animal-assisted therapy approach
Theses | Contributor(s): Karen L. Tanner
Dementia is not a natural and normal part of aging, but rather a symptom of a disease process. Most individuals with dementia experience emotional distress or behavioral problems best summed up by the term agitation. Approximately 90% of individuals with dementing illnesses demonstrate problem...
A canine audience: The effect of animal-assisted therapy on reading progress among students identified with learning disabilities
Theses | Contributor(s): Julie Omodlo Griess
This study explored the use of animal-assisted therapy with students identified with a learning disability and limited reading success. Initially, reading progress was defined as the participants' comprehension rate obtained from an oral Informal Reading Inventory (IRI) passage. The nature...
The relationship of religious and existential variables to scores on the animal-human continuity scale and perception of beliefs about animals and equality of mankind
Theses | Contributor(s): Stephanie Schaffner, Frank Lyle King
The purpose of the present study is to determine the relationship between religious and existential variables and the Animal-Human Continuity Scale (Templer et al., 2006). The AHCS measures the extent that the respondent views animals and humans in a dichotomous versus a continuous perspective....
Talking with exotic pet owners: Exploratory audience research on wildlife television and human-animal interactions
Theses | Contributor(s): Susannah L. Smith
This qualitative grounded study explores the potential relationship between wildlife TV viewing and human-animal interactions for exotic pet owners. The method involved 13 in-depth interviews and a qualifying open-ended questionnaire with 37 individuals. The interviews gathered viewers'...
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...
Aspects of using animal-assisted intervention 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...
Evaluation of the effects of the closure of equine slaughter facilities
Theses | Contributor(s): Taylor R. Bonar
Panda-monium: A panda environment for the Henry Doorly Zoo
Theses | Contributor(s): Roseann I. M. Masek
The project that I am proposing to accomplish would be to design a Panda Exhibit located at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, NE. John Armknecht from Stanley How Architects in Omaha has been contacted for consultation and mentoring purposes since their firm handles the Zoo’s designs. Previously he...