Developing a therapy dog volunteer visitation service
Contributor(s): Sandra C. Fink, Mary Murdock (adviser)
This document is an account of the process and emotions involved in selecting, developing and implementing a research project on the benefits of a therapy dog volunteer visitation service. It also gives an account of the development of products on therapy dog training to make it easier for...
Dogs as an intervention for behavioral symptoms of older adults with dementia: a systematic review
Contributor(s): Katie E. McLellan, Kirsten Wilbur (adviser), Anne B. James (adviser), George Tomlin (adviser)
The purpose of this systematic review was to determine if dogs are an effective occupational therapy intervention for reducing agitation and increasing social participation among older adults with symptoms of dementia by examining and rating the current published evidence. Studies were included...
An epidemiologic study of methicillin-resistant Staphylococci in companion animals
Theses | Contributor(s): Christina L Still, Susan Sanchez (adviser)
Increases in antimicrobial resistance among Staphylococcus genus is of growing concern in both human and veterinary medicine, principally because of the recent emergence of community-acquired methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA). Veterinary medicine has seen a parallel increase in the number...
Assessment of pet dogs as a reservoir of antibiotic resistant bacteria
Theses | Contributor(s): Deepti Kuttan Pillai
Transfer of bacteria, including antibiotic resistant strains between companion animals and people is likely due to close physical contacts. However, surveillance programs on prevalence of antibiotic resistance are focused mainly on food animals and very little is known about the role of companion...
Companion animals and personality: a study of preference
Theses | Contributor(s): Jennifer Levinson, James L. Dupree (adviser)
This study explored Extraversion personality differences among people who prefer dogs, people who prefer cats, people who prefer both, and people who prefer neither. Participants were 120 students from the Psychology Department Participation Pool at Humboldt State University. Personality was...
The physical and emotional benefits of companion animals
Theses | Contributor(s): Holli Marie Tietjen, Geoffrey Fosgate (adviser)
Elderly people are at high risk for conditions associated with inactivity, and lack of motivation is an important factor contributing to this inactivity. It is believed that a dog can provide the necessary motivation to get a senior citizen up and moving because it needs attention as well as...
Exploring adolescent loneliness and companion animal attachment
Theses | Contributor(s): Keri Black, Marie Lobo (adviser)
This study explored the relationship between companion animal attachment and adolescent loneliness. Self report measures of loneliness (Revised UCLA Loneliness Scale), companion animal attachment (Companion Animal Bonding Scale), and social support (Social Support Questionnaire Revised Short...
Database support for microchip identification in companion animal identification
Theses | Contributor(s): Kenneth Andrew Brockway, Stephanie W. Haas (adviser)
This study examines the use of microchips, scanners, and identification databases in companion animal identification and tracking. The study intended to discover whether the competitive database provider environment or the structure of the database systems themselves are appropriate for the...
The effect of a therapy dog on the effectiveness of a child life intervention with adolescents experiencing grief and loss
Theses | Contributor(s): Jenna Teso, Craig LeCroy (adviser)
The experience of grief and loss is a process that can be extremely distressing to anyone, regardless of age. This may be especially true for youth. This study was designed and conducted to determine the effects of a therapy dog as a therapeutic adjunct in Child Life interventions with...
A case study of incarcerated males participating in a canine training program
Theses | Contributor(s): Nikki S. Currie, Fred O. Bradley (adviser)
The number of animal training programs in correctional facilities has increased in the past 25 years. Anecdotal accounts have informally assessed the efficacy of prison training programs; however, only limited systemic studies have been conducted (Britton & Button, 2005; Furst, 2006). Preliminary...
A summative evaluation of a dolphin assisted therapy program for children with special needs
Theses | Contributor(s): Rachel M. Dilts
This dissertation reviews the literature on the specialty area of dolphin assisted therapy (DAT), a subfield of animal assisted therapy (AAT). To date the literature on the effectiveness of DAT has been mixed although a majority of it is positive. The study was conducted with 40 parents whose...
Effects of a trained therapy dog in child-centered play therapy on children's biobehavioral measures of anxiety
Theses | Contributor(s): Annette L. Athy
This study was concerned with reducing children’s anticipatory anxiety when entering mental health services for the first time. The purpose of this study was to determine whether combining two effective modalities, play therapy and animal-assisted therapy, would be effective in decreasing...
The animal-human bond in the psychotherapy relationship: As a bridge towards enhanced relational capability
Theses | Contributor(s): Joanne Marie Emmens
This study reviews the use of the animal-human bond in the psychotherapy of clients who, as a result of early environmental failure have developmental deficits in their ability to form satisfying relationships, yet have been able to 'bridge' this gap by their attachment to an animal (or animal...
The efficacy of equine assisted group counseling with at-risk children and adolescents
Theses | Contributor(s): Kay Sudekum Trotter
The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy of equine assisted group counseling as compared to in-school curriculum group guidance/counseling. Research examined externalizing, internalizing, maladaptive, and adaptive behaviors of elementary and middle school students who were...
Effects of animal-assisted therapy for responding to passive behavior in elderly nursing home residents with dementia: A single subject design study
Theses | Contributor(s): Cherie Ann Soprano
Passive behavior (PB) is a behavioral disturbance that affects 61 to 88 percent of nursing home residents (NHRs) with dementia. PB in persons with dementia (PWD) often leads to such negative consequences as, social isolation, loss of physical functioning, excess disability, and further cognitive...
Canine-assisted therapy: An emerging therapeutic practice
Theses | Contributor(s): Kenneth M. Jastrow III
Close relationships link all living things in the environment, but the forces that connect people and animals are especially strong and enduring. These forces of connection are being utilized for the advancement of human happiness and well-being in a therapeutic manner. This therapy is called...
Animal assisted therapy and its effects on the elderly
Theses | Contributor(s): Laura A. Locker
"Another type of AAT is a non-institutional program for older adults Animal companionship is extremely important for all people, but it is especial important for the elderly. Many people think that the majority of elders live in nursing homes, but the fact is that the vast majority of older...
A systematic review of the effects of psychotherapy involving equines
Theses | Contributor(s): Alison Selby
This systematic review examines the empirical literature in an emerging body of evidence for the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions involving equines across populations. Fourteen full reports in English were extracted from 103 studies accessed through sixteen electronic databases and a...
Old man's best friend: Animal-assisted intervention for older people with dementia
Theses | Contributor(s): Ann-Marie Wordley
Dementia results in the loss of memory, intellect, rationality and social skills and is often accompanied by behavioural and psychological symptoms such as agitation, aggression, wandering and noisiness. Previous research has demonstrated that Animal-Assisted Interventions have some promise in...
The effects of animal assisted interventions on children with autism during the movement assessment battery for children-2 (MABC-2)
Theses | Contributor(s): Dannielle L. Miccinello