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Editorial: Children and Companion Animals: Psychosocial, Medical and Neurobiological Implications
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| Contributor(s):: Andrea Beetz, lynette arnason hart, Brinda Inida Jegatheesan, Naoko Koda
This Research Topic presents experiences with companion animals provided to children in varied settings. Methods include monitoring of the ongoing interaction of children with companion animals, or conducting interviews or surveys, as well as experimental interventions where changes occurring...
Factors Associated With Bites to a Child From a Dog Living in the Same Home: A Bi-National Comparison
| Contributor(s):: Locksley L. McV. Messam, Philip H. Kass, Bruon B. Chomel, lynette arnason hart
We conducted a veterinary clinic-based retrospective cohort study aimed at identifying child-, dog-, and home-environment factors associated with dog bites to children aged 5–15 years old living in the same home as a dog in Kingston, Jamaica (236) and San Francisco, USA (61). Secondarily,...
The Benefits of Pets for Human Health
| Contributor(s):: Dana Casciotti, Diana Zuckerman
Development Benefits of Pets for Young Children. Final Report for the Delta Society.
| Contributor(s):: Robert H. Poresky
Companion Animal Bonding, Children's Home Environments, and Young Children's Social Development
| Contributor(s):: Robert H. Poresky, Charles Hendrix
Pet loss and continuing bonds: An examination of grief reactions in adults and children
| Contributor(s):: Maxwell D. Rappoport
Secure and disorganized attachment in the relational interactions in shelter for abandoned children in Kinshasa
| Contributor(s):: Mbiya Muadi
Secure and disorganised attachment in the relational interactions in shelter for abandoned children
Standing the test of time: Reflecting on the relevance today of Levinson's Pet-Oriented Child Psychotherapy
| Contributor(s):: Fine, A. H.
| Contributor(s):: Autumn O'Hara
Therapists work with many children with many different diagnoses. One of the most prevalent diagnosis is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). According to recent statistics, available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with ASD; which is a...
A Clinical Practice Change Initiative to Incorporate Animal Assisted Therapy in Advanced Practice Registered Nurses' Clinical Practice for Children and Adolescents
| Contributor(s):: Donna Rae Cowell
Background: Children and adolescents mental healthcare needs is vital for the future of our nation’s welfare (American Psychology Association, 2014). Research has indicated AAT may be a considerable choice to help with pediatrics mental healthcare and may be utilized as...
Minor Immediate Effects of a Dog on Children's Reading Performance and Physiology
| Contributor(s):: Lisa Schretzmayer, Kurt Kotrschal, Andrea Beetz
Literacy is a key factor in occupational success and social integration. However, an increasing number of children lack appropriate reading skills. There is growing evidence that dogs have positive effects on reading performance. We investigated the short-term effects of dogs on reading...
Caregiver Reports of Interactions between Children up to 6 Years and Their Family Dog—Implications for Dog Bite Prevention
| Contributor(s):: Christine Arhant, Andrea Martina Beetz, Josef Troxler
In children up to 6 years, interactions such as interfering with the dog’s resources and also benign behaviors (e.g., petting) commonly precede a bite incident with the family dog. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to explore the development of everyday interactions between...
Practices and Perceptions of Animal Contact and Associated Health Outcomes in Pregnant Women and New Mothers
| Contributor(s):: Hsin-Yi Weng, Kimberly Ankrom
Companion animals play an important role in our society. However, pregnant women and new mothers might have specific concerns about animal-associated health outcomes because of their altered immune function and posture as well as their newborn babies. The study was conducted to collect baseline...
A Birth Cohort Analysis to Study Dog Walking in Adolescence Shows No Relationship with Objectively Measured Physical Activity
| Contributor(s):: Carri Westgarth, Andrew R. Ness, Calum Mattocks, Robert M. Christley
Physical inactivity during childhood and adolescence is a serious health concern. There are few studies of the activity undertaken by adolescents when walking with the family dog, and the effect of this on objectively measured physical activity levels. Objective measures of physical activity...
Educational Possibilities of Keeping Goats in Elementary Schools in Japan
| Contributor(s):: Naoko Koda, Shiho Kutsumi, Toshiya Hirose, Gen Watanabe
Many Japanese elementary schools keep small animals for educational purposes, and the effects and challenges have been investigated. Although goats are medium-sized animals that are familiar to Japanese, few practical studies have been conducted on keeping goats in schools. This study...
A field study with primary school children on perception of social presence and interactive behavior with a pet robot
| Contributor(s):: Marcel Heerink, Marta Díaz, Jordi Albo-Canals, Cecilio Angulo, Alex Barco, Judit Casacuberta, Carles Garriga
This paper presents a study on measuring (1) how children experience a pet robot, (2) how they play with it and (3) how children’s perceptions on and interaction with pet robots are interrelated. The study features different types of subjective and objective techniques to assess the degree...
A Parental Perspective: The Role of Companion Animals for Children During Separation and Divorce
| Contributor(s):: Jessica Michel
Children grow up in interdependent family systems, where transitions affect all members. A prevalent transition in Australian families is divorce. When divorce occurs children are exposed to significant risk factors that have the potential of affecting many developmental outcomes. However,...
Horses are Worth More Than Riches: Parental Perceptions of the Relationship Between Equine Assisted Activities/Therapy and Listening and Spoken Language
| Contributor(s):: Kelsey M. Large
The purpose of this study was to determine parental perceptions of the impact of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy (EAAT) on the listening and spoken language skills of children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). Parents of children who are DHH and communicate through listening and...
Affecting affect effectively : investigating a haptic-affect platform for guiding physiological responses
| Contributor(s):: Joseph P. Hall
This thesis describes the development of a platform for touch-guided anxiety management via engagement with a robot pet. An existing physiological sensor suite and “Haptic Creature” robot pet are modified to influence user physiological responses through real-time interaction guided...