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  1. Revisión de la literatura sobre los beneficios e inconvenientes de la terapia con animales en personas mayores

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Laura Guillén Javaloyes

    Introducción: desde hace décadas, los animales han sido objeto de estudio multidisciplinar para los humanos por los efectos positivos que generan a las personas. El aumento de la esperanza de vida y de los cuidados necesarios en la última etapa del ciclo vital, nos hizo...

  2. Ethics and code of conduct in zoo management

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Rita Bahne

    There are around 1 million wild animals living in the 10,000-12,000 zoos worldwide. They include zoological parks, biological parks, safari parks, public aquariums, bird parks, reptile parks and insectariums. Zoo tourism is both domestic and international. The purpose of this research thesis...

  3. Capturing Animality: An Evolutionary Approach to Animal Attitudes

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Netzin Gerald Steklis

    The purpose of the series of five studies presented in this dissertation is to shed new light on how our long history of interactions with animals has led to the evolution of psychological adaptations structuring our attitudes about animal—that comprise a multivariate latent construct...

  4. How Does the Presence of a Live Animal Affect the Millennial Generation's Attitudes towards Zoos and Species Conservation?

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Lauren E. Sommers

    Zoos and aquariums have unique opportunities to educate the public utilizing human-animal interactions. Many zoos claim success in educating their audiences and inspiring pro-conservation outcomes, but little research exists to confirm this. Existing research focuses on family members and...

  5. Effects Of Vicarious Equine Interaction On Anxiety And Neuromodulators

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Jane Camille Gray

    Human-animal interaction influences the release of neuromodulators, such as cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine (Beetz, Uvnäs-Moberg, Julius, & Kotrschal, 2012). No data could be located in the literature to establish a neuromodulating effect of Vicarious Equine Interaction (VEI)...

  6. Good fences make good neighbours: A qualitative, interpretive study of human–baboon and human–human conflict on the Cape Peninsula

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Renelle Terblanche

    Picturesque Cape Town is the epitome of an urban/nature interface but one within which chacma baboons (Papio ursinus) face slander for transgressing both the socially constructed human/animal and nature/culture divide, and/or the actual, physical borderlines associated with these divides. The...

  7. Exploring the influence of pet assisted activities on aggressive behaviour amongs grade R learners

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Jani Coetzee

    As a grade R teacher in South Africa, the researcher was disturbed by the extent of aggressive behaviour amongst children (aged 4 years to 6 years). Other teachers involved with the same class were of the opinion that the aggressive behaviour had a detrimental effect on their instructional time...

  8. The experiences of adolescents in residential care participating in equine assisted learning

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Louise Fischer

    High-risk behaviour among adolescents places heavy burdens on the public health, social welfare and criminal justice systems of many countries. Today, Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) is increasingly used as an adjunct and experiential intervention programme to support the learning and personal...

  9. Rendering Connection: Symbiosis Through Overlapping and Layering

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Haomin Yang

    This thesis seeks to create a space that enables social energy in traditional senior apartments by overlapping with another program, the animal center. Animals, as spiritual beings, may help ease stress and loneliness in the elderly. Also, animals can be seen as catalysts for intergenerational...

  10. Redefining Shelter: Fostering Human/Canine Relationships Through a New Typology

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Sabrina Nagel

    This thesis explores how design settings foster rehabilitation in humans and canines through mutual interaction. A synergy must be created between the 3.3 million dogs put into shelters in the U.S. every year (ASPCA) and the 11-20% of children in the U.S. who have a mental disorder (CDC). An...

  11. Horses Healing the Wounded Warrior: A Qualitative Inquiry of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy in Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder for Female Veterans

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Rebecca R. Wara-Goss

    Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a major concern for military veterans in the United States and current research on women’s experiences in the military and the effects of their post-military PTSD are limited. Currently, there are a variety of evidence-based and alternative...

  12. Wirkungen tiergestützter Interventionen auf Menschen mit Demenz in ambulant betreuten Wohngemeinschaften

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Sabrina Naber

    Die vorliegende Dissertation untersucht die Auswirkungen von regelmäßig stattfindenden tiergestützten Interventionen auf Menschen mit Demenz, die in ambulant betreuten Wohngemeinschaften leben. Zudem werden die Auswirkungen der tiergestützten Interventionen auf die...

  13. Quality of life of tertiary students and their attachment to a companion animal

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Michelle Gerber

    Companion animals have become an important aspect in the lives of many individuals (Serpell, 2010). It has been shown that attachment to a companion animal may have a beneficial impact on several aspects of an individual’s life (O’Haire, 2010). Collectively, these aspects can...

  14. Effects of an animal visitation intervention on the depression, loneliness, and quality of life of older people: A randomised controlled study

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Chanelle J Buckle

    Older people—especially those living in residential facilities—comprise a vulnerable and oftentimes frail, but large and growing subset of the global population. Various age-related and socio-political, -economic, and -environmental factors place the quality of life of older people...

  15. The effect of an animal-assisted visitation programme on children with intellectual disabilities : a randomised controlled study

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Khama Lucille Wyatt

    Intellectual disability is a developmental disorder which affects intellectual and adaptive functioning within a social, practical and conceptual domain. This is a lifelong disorder for which no cure exists. Intellectual disability is normally caused by trauma or genetic predispositions. In...

  16. Parents' and facilitators' perceptions of children with autism spectrum disorder in an equine-assisted learning programme

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Megan Butt

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) currently affects an estimated 1:68 children globally and is the second most common disability worldwide. ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by abnormal social behaviour, delays in language, sensory processing difficulties and restricted and...

  17. Animal-assisted activities in a halfway facility: A case study

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Juliette Rochelle van Besouw

    The female correctional population has increased dramatically over the last decade and continues to grow annually. Females on parole, including those in halfway facilities, face a variety of socio-economic, -environmental, and –political issues that have the potential to severely inhibit...

  18. Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) : what is it?

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Elri Hettema

    This study focuses on existing research into the field of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and attempts to provide a clear answer as to what animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is. In addition, the limitations of current research, as well as future opportunities for research in this field and some...

  19. The relationship between pet attachment, perceived stress and life satisfaction: An online survey

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Simonne L. Wright

    International research on pet ownership has found a wide array of physical, psychological and social benefits as a result of human-animal interaction (HAI) (Beetz, Uvnäs-Moberg, Julius, & Kotrschal, 2012). In spite of South Africa’s declining economic situation, South Africa has...

  20. Human-animal interaction in the Antarctic: an animal behaviour approach to human disturbance of penguin colonies

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Amanda Nimon-Peters

    Human disturbance of Antarctic penguins is an important aspect of Antarctic conservation. It is a phenomenon which has raised concern for several decades, and has prompted the creation of guidelines for human behaviour which aim to minimise disturbance to these and other Antarctic animals....