Acculturation - perceptions of breed differences in behavior of the dog (Canis familiaris)
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Tracey Clarke, Jonathan Cooper, Daniel Mills
This study borrows the concept of acculturation from Social Anthropology to explore human perception of breed behavior in domestic dogs. A core component of acculturation studies is the contact hypothesis. This concept proposes that once culturally diverse individuals come into contact with...
Children's preferences for infantile features in dogs and cats
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Marta Borgi, Francesca Cirulli
A number of authors suggest that children exhibit a natural interest towards animals, and different intervention programs have shown the presence of an animal being able to increase children's attentiveness and motivation levels. Nonetheless, few research efforts have been devoted to the...
Equine-Assisted Activities for Adolescents: ethogram-based behavioral analysis of persistence during horse-related tasks and communication patterns with the horse
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Hilde Hauge, Ingela L. Kvalem, Ingeborg Pedersen, Bjarne O. Braastad
Earlier studies have indicated that learning to handle a horse through tasks and activities can lead to a feeling of mastery which may have an impact on self-efficacy. The aim of this study was to examine how adolescents conducted horse-related tasks presented to them in an intervention in a...
When do psychologists pay attention to children harming animals?
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Tania D. Signal, Vanessa Ghea, Nik Taylor, D. Acutt
Intentional cruelty to animals (CTA) by children and the implications thereof have been examined theoretically and empirically for many years, and there is now a well-developed literature base suggesting that this type of aberrant behavior warrants close (and immediate) attention, especially...
Factors and Convergent Validity of the Pet Attachment and Life Impact Scale (PALS)
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Lisa DeMarni Cromer, M. Rose Barlow
Human-animal interaction (HAI) provides benefits for humans. Emotional attachment to pets is a possible mechanism for benefits but there is no standard operationalization for "attachment to pets." The study presented here (N = 651) uses a pet attachment measure based on qualitative...
Book Review: "Attachment to pets: An integrative view of human-animal relationships for therapeutic practice" (2013)
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): A. Matamonasa-Bennett
In the past, collaborations between biologists and psychologists have yielded groundbreaking developments for both fields. This work represents a sophisticated collaboration and integration of knowledge by noted scholars in these fields that holds promise to advance research and understanding of...