Student perceptions of animal use in society
Contributor(s):: Bennett-Wimbush, K., Amstutz, M. D., Willoughby, D.
The purpose of this study was to determine the demographic characteristics that affect students' attitudes regarding animal use. Incoming freshman (n=136) completed a 20-question survey (Likert scale 1-5; range 20-100, summed and reported as a composite score) regarding perceptions of animal use,...
Children with avoidant or disorganized attachment relate differently to a dog and to humans during a socially stressful situation
Contributor(s):: Wedl, M., Kotrschal, K., Julius, H., Beetz, A.
Human attachment representations are shaped in interaction with the primary caregiver and are generally transferred to further bonding/social partners later in life. According to previous evidence, primary attachment representations acquired with humans do not seem to be transferred to companion...
Evaluating the impact of a humane education summer-camp program on school-aged children's relationships with companion animals
Contributor(s):: Tardif-Williams, C. Y., Bosacki, S. L.
This study evaluated the impact of children's participation in a five-day humane education summer-camp program on the quality of their relationships with and treatment of companion animals. We measured changes from pre- to post-program in 77 children (50 girls, 27 boys) aged 6-12 years. The...
Residential treatment of male adolescent and young adult substance abuse utilizing canine therapy as part of the overall approach: A qualitative study
Contributor(s):: Phillips, Bonnie Rae
Attitudes toward animals among kindergarten children: species preferences
Contributor(s):: Borgi, M., Cirulli, F.
Attitudes toward animals are influenced by both animal traits (e.g., similarity to humans, aesthetic quality, size) and individual human attributes (e.g., gender, age, educational level, cultural factors). Although the examination of children's interest in animals, and their preference for...
Evaluation of an experimental program designed to have a positive effect on adjudicated, violent, incarcerated male juveniles age 12--25 in the state of Oregon
Contributor(s):: Arduini, Sandra Merriam
Attitudes toward animals: a study of Portuguese children
Contributor(s):: Almeida, A., Vasconcelos, C., Strecht-Ribeiro, O.
In this study we analyzed the attitudes toward different animals in 210 Portuguese children: 107 boys and 103 girls, aged between 8 and 10 years, attending the 3rd and 4th years of primary school. We used a questionnaire with two distinct parts. In the first part, the children were asked about...
Attitudes toward animals among German children and adolescents
Contributor(s):: Binngiesser, J., Wilhelm, C., Randler, C.
Pet ownership, dog types and attachment to pets in 9-10 year old children in Liverpool, UK
| Contributor(s):: Westgarth, C., Boddy, L. M., Stratton, G., German, A. J., Gaskell, R. M., Coyne, K. P., Bundred, P., McCune, S., Dawson, S.
Childhood attachment to a companion animal and social development of incarcerated male juvenile delinquents
| Contributor(s):: Brown, Julye Myner
Explaining animal poaching among adolescent males using social learning theory
| Contributor(s):: Green, Egan Kyle
A comprehensive study of dog bites in Spain, 1995-2004
| Contributor(s):: Rosado, Belcbn, Garcca-Belenguer, Sylvia, Lecdn, Marta, Palacio, Jorge
Incorporating animal-assisted interventions in therapy with boys at risk
| Contributor(s):: Fine, Aubrey H., Dennis, Avril Lindsay, Bowers, Christine
Punish and forgive: Causal attribution and positive bias in response to cat and dog misbehavior
| Contributor(s):: Rajecki, D. W., Rasmussen, J. L., Conner, T. J.
Childhood cruelty to animals: do mothers' and fathers' reports agree?
| Contributor(s):: Xu, XiaoYan, Mellor, D., Wong, J.
This study investigates, for the first time, the concordance between mothers' and fathers' reports of cruelty to animals by their child. Seven hundred parental dyads recruited through schools in Chengdu, China, completed the Chinese version of the Children's Attitudes and Behaviors towards...
The effect of a real dog, toy dog and friendly person on insecurely attached children during a stressful task: an exploratory study
| Contributor(s):: Beetz, A., Kotrschal, K., Turner, D. C., Hediger, K., Uvnas-Moberg, K., Julius, H.
The regulation of stress by an attachment figure is a key feature of attachment relationships. Previous research suggests that in some cases animal companionship may be regarded as an attachment relationship. This may be particularly important for persons with an insecure or disorganized...
The strange animal situation test
| Contributor(s):: Grandgeorge, M., Deleau, M., Lemonnier, E., Hausberger, M.
Many tools assess the reactions of humans encountering familiar or unfamiliar partners or environments. Companion animals belong to our everyday environment and influence our lives. Whereas many standardized tools test companion animals' reactions to humans, few evaluate humans' reactions to...
Effects of having pets at home on children's attitudes toward popular and unpopular animals
| Contributor(s):: Prokop, P., Tunnicliffe, S. D.
Having pets at home provides various social, health, and educational benefits to children. The question of how keeping pets at home affects the attitudes of children toward wild animals still has not been answered, due to various methodological issues, such as ignorance of some attitude...
Investigating animal abuse: some theoretical and methodological issues
| Contributor(s):: Pagani, C., Robustelli, F., Ascione, F. R.
This paper focuses on some basic issues that have been an object of debate in the last few years in the field of human-animal studies, namely the meaning and definition of animal abuse, the methods used to investigate it, and the relation between animal abuse and interpersonal violence. The...
Social and individual components of animal contact in preschool children
| Contributor(s):: Wedl, M., Kotrschal, K.
Humans are generally biophilic. Still, for unknown reasons, interest in animals varies substantially among individuals. Our goal was to investigate how differential interest of children towards animals might be related to social competence and personality. We proposed two alternatives: (1)...