Social work, independent realities & the circle of moral considerability: respect for humans, animals & the natural world
Contributor(s): Thomas D. Ryan
Social work's conceptualization as to what it is that entitles an individual or entity to moral consideration, or as having moral status, is thoroughly anthropocentric, and is articulated in complete disregard of the context of our fundamental evolutionary continuity and our embeddedness within...
Darwin, victorian literature, and the great web: Analyzing and dismantling the human superiority complex
Contributor(s): Farhad R. Anwarzai
In my essay, I will argue that the discrimination and cruelty humans project towards other humans mirrors the discrimination and cruelty humans project towards other species. A moral justification exists behind the need to discriminate against another human or animal. Therefore, the concept of...
Legal, moral and biological implications of poaching and illegal animal trafficking on an international scale
Contributor(s): Meghan A. Pastor
Poaching and animal trafficking is a global issue in the areas of biology, morality and politics. This paper will discuss the different areas of impact as well as consider options for the prevention and alleviation of this issue.
Animal assisted therapy and autism intervention: A synthesis of the literature
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...
Qualitative and quantitative method comparison in animal-assisted therapy research
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...
The human-animal bond: How it can benefit health and well-being
Contributor(s): Lindy M. Wegenka
Effect of the human-animal bond on nursing home and assisted living facility residents
Theses | Contributor(s): Erin Betts Foster
Embodying the animal: Questioning human identity in literature and circus
Theses | Contributor(s): Emily Katherine Vallillo
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...
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...
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....
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...
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 care...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...