Treating Pets Well: The Role of Attachment Anxiety and Avoidance
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Anthony E. Coy, Jeffrey D. Green
Although the benefits of human-animal interactions (especially pets and companion animals) for humans are becoming increasingly well-known and implemented, less work has been done examining how such interactions affect the animal. Understanding the owner-animal dynamic is more important than ever...
Examining the impact of a brief human-canine interaction on stress and attention
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Jonathan B. Banks, Caitlin McCoy, Courtney Trzcinski
The interaction between humans and canines has been linked to a variety of benefits including reductions in ADHD symptoms in children, depression symptoms in nursing home patients, and PTSD symptoms in veterans returning from war. Although the inclusion of therapy dogs on college campuses has...
Development of the Bonding with Dog Checklist (BoDC)
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Sarah C. Martinez, Annmarie Cano, Rita J. Casey, Amy Johnson, Dana May, Lee H. Wurm
The growing interest in the mechanisms through which human-animal interaction (HAI) benefits humans suggests that new measures are needed to assess human bonding, especially to non-owned animals (i.e., animals that are not the human's pet). The current study addressed this need by developing...
Human-Animal Interaction and Metaphor in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy: Empirical Support for the EAGALA Model
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Angela K. Fournier, Elizabeth A. Letson, Thomas D. Berry, Emma Leigh Pasiuk
Research was conducted on equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning (EAP), aimed at identifying and examining process variables. A total of 112 men and women participated in a correlational study, permitting the use of self-report data from EAP sessions within the model of the Equine-Assisted...
A Randomized Controlled Trial of Traditional Psychosocial and Canine-Assisted Interventions for Children with ADHD
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Sabrina E.B. Schuck, Natasha A. Emmerson, Maryam M. Abdullah, Aubrey H. Fine, Annamarie Stehli, Kimberley D. Lakes
This study provides findings on the final main outcomes from a randomized controlled trial of psychosocial intervention with and without canine assisted intervention (CAI) for children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Eighty-eight children, ages 7-9 with ADHD, combined...
Experimental trial demonstrates effects of animal-assisted stress prevention program on college students' positive and negative emotion
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Patricia Pendry, Alexa M. Carr, Stephanie M. Roeter, Jaymie L. Vandagriff
In response to the growing prevalence of mental health issues among college students, campuses across the nation are implementing animal-assisted stress reduction programs, despite a clear lack of evidence supporting their efficacy. Researchers conducted a randomized controlled trial to determine...