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  1. Companion Animal Obesity: A Growing Epidemic in the United States

    Contributor(s):: Alyssa Nicole Hinchman

    To say that Americans have weight management issues is a bit of an understatement. Recent CDC reports estimate that over 68% of American adults, ages 20 or older are overweight or obese, which equates to roughly 148 million people of the 305 million living in the United States carrying extra...

  2. Effects of a Pet Visitation Program on the Psychological Satisfaction, Social Interaction and Self Esteem of Institutionalized Elderly Women

    Contributor(s):: Melva Juanita Bost

    A descriptive study was conducted to determine if a pet visitation program was an effective intervention in promoting psychological satisfaction and improvingsocial interaction and self-esteem of elderly women living in a nursing home. Six subjects, aged 60 to 94 years, participated in this...

  3. Are there differences in the relationship between children with autism and their pet cat vs children with standard development and their pet cat?

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    Contributor(s):: Ada van der Molen

    This little (dutch) research project showed no difference in the quality of the relationship between childeren with autism and their pet cats vs children with standard development and their pet cats.The bonding with the cat and accepting it the way it is play a major role in the quality of the...

  4. Companion animals in families and households : a survey of attitudes : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Masters in Psychology at Massey University

    Contributor(s):: Rachel Claire Budge

    During the last three decades, there has been growing interest in the relationship between humans and their animal companions. The majority of research has been undertaken in Great Britain and the United States. The present research adds to this body of information through a survey of companion...

  5. THE AWW

    Contributor(s):: Jessica Danielle Langley

  6. Pet Loss and Human Bereavement: A Phenomenological Study of Attachment and the Grieving Process

    Contributor(s):: Michelle K Crossley

    Through the analysis of a phenomenological research design, this study examined (a) the lived experiences of pet owners who have experienced the loss of a companion animal; (b) the similarities and differences of human animal attachment as described by a multicultural sample of grieving pet...

  7. Origins of the animal husbandry ethic

    Contributor(s):: Jo Ann Hedleston

    This thesis gives a historical account of the ethical idea of kindness to animals that is part of the animal husbandry ethic as found in British and American culture. It deals in particular with the philosophy of Thomas Jefferson as the "author", along with Adam Smith, of the American...

  8. Zoonotic Transmission of Influenza H9 subtype through Reassortment

    Contributor(s):: James Brian Kimble

    Influenza A virus causes disease across a broad host range including avian and mammalian species. Most influenza viruses are found in wild aquatic birds, are of low consequence and refrain from zoonotic transmission. However, some strains occasionally cross the species barrier, into domestic...

  9. Le lien à l'animal permet-il une récupération sociale et cognitive chez l'enfant avec autisme?

    Contributor(s):: Marine Grandgeorge

    The central aim of this research project was to evidence possible influences of relationships with animals on children with autistic disorders. To investigate this complex issue, we drew on multidisciplinary (ethological, psychological and child psychiatric) competences and used their different...

  10. Animals and Babies: How the vulnerable teach us empathy and compassion

    Contributor(s):: Avril Anne Gaastra

    Compassion and empathy have historically embodied what are considered to be some of the best elements of humanity. The processes whereby we come to know the internal stage of another and respond with sensitive care are of enormous importance for our life together (Batson, 2009). It is not...

  11. A New User Testing Methodology for Digitally Mediated Human-Animal Interaction

    Contributor(s):: Michelle Westerlaken

     This thesis evaluates a novel methodology for the user testing of digitally mediated human-animal interactions. The proposed method includes the structural analysis of video observations following a Grounded Theory approach. Complemented with more subjective human observations, this...

  12. Prevalence of Potential Zoonotic Enteric Bacterial Pathogens in Dogs and Cats and Factors Associated with Potential Transmission Between Animals and Humans

    Contributor(s):: Omaima Maamoun Ahmed

    With the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), concerns about dangers of pet ownership have increased. Zoonotic organisms associated with cats and dogs, may cause life-threatening infections in immuosuppressed human beings. The...

  13. Feral cats and the people who care for them

    Contributor(s):: Loretta Sue Humphrey

    Sociologists have described the characteristics of individuals who become involved in social movements, their motivations for becoming involved, and the methods used to recruit participants. One group that has been underrepresented in the existing literature is feral cat caretakers. The purpose...

  14. The meanings of dogs and cats in US American culture based on cartoons, movies, and consumer goods

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    | Contributor(s):: Heather Frigiola

    The keeping of dogs and cats as household pets is prevalent throughout the United States. Individuals define and express their personal identities in part through customizing their personal repertoires of possessions, which includes pets. The actual symbolic meanings given to dogs and cats are...

  15. Interspecies encounters: An ethnography of a veterinary hospital

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    | Contributor(s):: Atwood-Harvey, Dana Renee

    There were three broad reasons for this research. The larger goal was to continue to advance the incorporation of 'other' animals and the rest of nature in general in sociological theory and research. The second was to suggest to those who have incorporated 'other' animals into...

  16. The relationship among childhood attachment history, adult attachment, social network and owning a dog or cat

    | Contributor(s):: Blankman, Jane Casner

  17. All in the family? Understanding the meaning of dogs and cats in the lives of American pet owners

    | Contributor(s):: Blouin, David D.

  18. Filling the void: A descriptive study of the process of attachment between elderly people and their pets

    | Contributor(s):: Cookman, Craig Alan

  19. Effects of dog and cat pheromones on mood and helping

    | Contributor(s):: DellaGioia, Nicole F.

  20. Measuring stress, attachment behavior, and adoptability in domestic cats at a local humane society

    | Contributor(s):: Dybdall, Kathryn J.