Literature review and manual: Animal-assisted therapy
Theses | Contributor(s): Mary Louise Cole
In this paper research of animals in therapy is reviewed and then used to inform a manual on the topic. A history of the field, a discussion of terminology, and a summary of therapies utilizing animals prefaces the review. Key research in animal therapy is reviewed, followed by contemplation of...
Animal-assisted therapy as an intervention for reducing depression among long-term care residents
Theses | Contributor(s): Angela Condit
The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of animal-assisted intervention on reducing depression and loneliness among older adults residing in a long-term care facility. Forty-eight residents from one long-term care facility in a northern Colorado city participated in the study....
Animal-assisted therapy: An adjunctive intervention for reducing depression and anxiety in female college students with physical disabilities and guidelines for implementation into psychotherapy practice and research
Theses | Contributor(s): Erin Nicole Armour
The existing literature has indicated that women with physical disabilities are at greater risk for depression and anxiety compared to men with similar limitations and their able-bodied counterparts (Nosek & Hughes, 2003). In addition to this, female college students with physical...
The benefits and limitations of pet therapy for people with dementia
Theses | Contributor(s): Audrey Cowling, Susan McFadden (adviser)
Evidence of a human-animal bond goes back to the origins of man. More recently, therapy that utilizes animals has been implemented in long-term care facilities to aid in the well-being of people with dementia. Pet therapy, or animal-assisted therapy, increases engagement with the environment,...
Becoming relationally effective: High-risk boys in animal-assisted therapy
Theses | Contributor(s): Abbey Ann Schneider
This study was conducted to formally evaluate the effectiveness of the Human Animal Bond in Colorado (HABIC, 2010), an animal-assisted therapy (AAT) intervention based in 23 elementary schools in the Front Range; these terms are used interchangeably in this report. Previous research on the...
Animal-assisted therapy: a volunteer's perspective
Theses | Contributor(s): Jesse Rose Moorhead
Animal Assisted Therapy is a non-traditional therapy method that has gained recognition in recent years. The literature on the subject is largely provided by professional counselors and licensed social workers. This study investigated the perspectives of the volunteer animal handlers who...
Assessment of occupational therapists' attitudes and knowledge of animal-assisted therapy
Theses | Contributor(s): Robin M. Hightower
The purpose of this study was to assess the attitudes and knowledge of occupational therapists of animal-assisted therapy.
Exploratory study of animal assisted therapy interventions used by mental health professionals
Theses | Contributor(s): Dana M. O'Callaghan
The purpose of this study was to explore the various animal assisted interventions mental health professionals incorporate in the therapeutic treatment process, as well as the various therapeutic purposes intended with each technique. Participants were recruited from animal assisted therapy...
Chimeras: The ethics of creating human-animal interspecifics
Theses | Contributor(s): Constanze Huther
In summer 2004, I had the pleasure of attending a seminar by Julian Savulescu and Nick Bostrom about "Human Enhancement, Artificial Beings, and the Future of Humanity" at the University of Oxford. Among other quite exotic topics, chimeras were the subject matter of one of our seminar meetings....
Knowledge, attitudes, and opinions about human-wildlife conflicts held by community leaders in Virginia
Theses | Contributor(s): Regina M. Elsner
Using a mail survey, I questioned 490 representatives of local government (i.e., elected officials, administrative officials, animal control officers, and county Cooperative Extension agents) about their understanding of human-wildlife conflicts in their communities, and their receptivity to...
Human-animal relationships and ecocriticism: A study of the representation of animals in poetry from Malawi, Zimbabwe, and South Africa
Theses | Contributor(s): Syned Dale Makani Mthatiwa
This study analyses the manner in which animals are represented in selected poetry from Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa. It discusses the various modes of animal representation the poets draw on, and the ideological influences on their manner of animal representation. It explores the kinds of...
"Re-humanization": The role of human-animal similarity in predicting prejudice towards immigrants and non-human animals
Theses | Contributor(s): Kimberly Costello
Research implies that there may be an association between attitudes toward marginalized human outgroups and non-human animals. Very few studies, however, have specifically tested this relation empirically. The general purpose of the present research was to determine if such a relation exists and...
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 – has...
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...