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  1. Pet Therapy and Reducing College Stress

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    | Contributor(s):: Margot L. Wiscovitch

    Pet therapy is the interaction between an animal and person working to overcome physical as well as emotional issues. This type of therapy has been used in a variety of settings and populations including nursing homes and residents, hospitals and patients, residential treatment centers and...

  2. Pause with Paws: Implementation of an Evidence-Based Animal Visitation Program at a Small Vermont University

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    | Contributor(s):: Angela Smith

    This evidence-based practice change pilot project explored college student perceptions of the efficacy of an animal visitation program (AVP) toward reducing perceived stress. Using a quantitative, longitudinal pre- and post-intervention design, a convenience sample of students from a Vermont...

  3. Therapy Dogs in Academic Libraries: A Way to Foster Student Engagement and Mitigate Self-Reported Stress during Finals

    | Contributor(s):: Jalongo, Mary Renck, McDevitt, Theresa

  4. The association between owning domestic dogs as pets and the productivity amongst college students

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    | Contributor(s):: Emily Gerace

    In the class Research Methods in Healthcare, we explored an introduction to the different kinds of research that are commonly used in healthcare and the benefits and uses of each kind. Always having a love for dogs, I wondered whether or not they would have any association with the level of...

  5. The Effects of Pet Ownership on Anxiety and Depression Among Trauma-Exposed College Students

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    | Contributor(s):: Dung N. Nguyentran, Marlene A. Michniak, James J. Jung, Christine Q. Do

    Rates of anxiety and depression are prevalent in college students and can be attributed in part to stress and trauma-related events. However, studies suggest that pet ownership has the possibility of alleviating symptoms of anxiety, depression, negative emotions, and suicide. The purpose of...

  6. The Role of Pets in the Lives of College Students: Implications for College Counselors

    | Contributor(s):: Aimee C. Adams, Bruce S. Sharkin, Jennifer J. Bottinelli

    The roles that pets play in the lives of college students have received little attention in the college counseling literature. This article will review four topics related to college students and pets that have implications for counselors: (a) the separation anxiety that students experience...

  7. Therapy dogs on campus: An exploration of how dog therapy services affect undergraduate students' stress levels

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    | Contributor(s):: Tanna Lauriente, Drayden A.D. Kopp

    University can be stressful for many undergraduates. Fortunately, there are various stress reduction strategies, including weekly dog therapy sessions, offered at Thompson Rivers University. This study investigated the effects of dog therapy on students via a self-reported stress survey....

  8. An Exploration of the Benefits of Animal-Assisted Activities in Undergraduate Students in Singapore

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    | Contributor(s):: Jolene Muckle, Nicola Lasikiewicz

    The rise in psychological problems, attrition and suicide rates of university students has been linked to the stressful challenges faced during university life. To buffer this, Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA) may assist in improving psychological and physiological well-being in students,...

  9. Animal humanness, animal use, and intention to become ethical vegetarian or ethical vegan

    | Contributor(s):: Diaz, E. M.

    The present study used relational and predictive approaches to build on past literature examining humanlike animal attributes. From the relational approach, it examined how five humanlike attributes ascribed to animals (Attributes Questionnaire) relate to one another and to attitudes toward 21...

  10. Hounds and homesickness: the effects of an animal-assisted therapeutic intervention for first-year university students

    | Contributor(s):: Binfet, J. T., Passmore, H. A.

    Transitioning from high school to university can prove to be a for midable challenge for many first-year students, with many experiencing home sickness. Given that students who experience homesickness are more likely than their non-homesick cohorts to drop out of university, universities have a...

  11. The Effects of Animal Assisted Therapy on Mood and Anxiety in College Students

    | Contributor(s):: Ashley Chermak

    During this study, I tested the effects of an Animal Assisted Therapy video on participants’ mood quality and anxiety level. I hypothesized that participants who watched an AAT video would report better mood and lower anxiety than the control group. Forty three undergraduates completed two...

  12. The Challenges of Using Horses for Practical Teaching Purposes in Veterinary Programmes

    | Contributor(s):: Gabriella Gronqvist, Chris Rogers, Erica Gee, Charlotte Bolwell, Stuart Gordon

    Students enrolled in veterinary degrees often come from an urban background with little previous experience in handling horses and other large animals. Many veterinary degree programmes place importance on the teaching of appropriate equine handling skills, yet within the literature it is...

  13. Animal humanness, animal use, and intention to become ethical vegetarian or ethical vegan

    | Contributor(s):: Diaz, E. M.

    The present study used relational and predictive approaches to build on past literature examining humanlike animal attributes. From the relational approach, it examined how five humanlike attributes ascribed to animals (Attributes Questionnaire) relate to one another and to attitudes toward 21...

  14. The Effect of Watching a Large or Small Pseudo Shelter Dog Sit on Command on College Students' Self-rated Willingness to Adopt

    | Contributor(s):: Vanessa Hajek

    AN ABSTRACT OF THE THESIS OF Vanessa M. Hajek for the Master of Science in Psychology presented Title: The Effect of Watching a Large or Small Pseudo Shelter Dog Sit on Command on College Students’ Self-rated Willingness to Adopt    Abstract approved: This study investigated...

  15. Global Vets: Student Vets Sharing a Global Vision

    | Contributor(s):: K. Tubby, N. Asotra, K. Lillakas, C. Toscano, A. Peregrine

    Global Vets is a program run through the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) which offers student veterinarians a unique opportunity to investigate animal health care in developing countries. The program strives to enhance working relationships and the exchange of ideas between Canadian...

  16. Animal humanness, animal use, and intention to become ethical vegetarian or ethical vegan

    | Contributor(s):: Diaz, E. M.

    The present study used relational and predictive approaches to build on past literature examining humanlike animal attributes. From the relational approach, it examined how five humanlike attributes ascribed to animals (Attributes Questionnaire) relate to one another and to attitudes toward 21...

  17. Grief following pet and human loss: Closeness is key

    | Contributor(s):: Eckerd, Lizabeth M., Barnett, James E., Jett-Dias, Latishia

  18. “My pet has passed”: Relations of adult attachment styles and current feelings of grief and trauma after the event

    | Contributor(s):: Brown, Olivia K., Symons, Douglas K.

  19. The Effects of Pet Therapy on Undergraduate Nursing Students' Perceived Stress and Exam Performance

    | Contributor(s):: Kathleen Bajorek

    Pet therapy has been found to decrease anxiety and stress levels. Pets are becoming an increasingly more significant part of peoples’ lives and families in the American culture. Nurses need to be aware of the benefits that can come from holistic interventions such as pet therapy in various...

  20. Brief unstructured interaction with a dog reduces distress

    | Contributor(s):: Crossman, M. K., Kazdin, A. E., Knudson, K.

    In 2013, 11% of the US population experienced serious psychological distress. This problem of psychological distress is exacerbated in colleges and universities, where more than half of students report experiencing moderate to severe depression. In spite of the prevalence of this psychological...