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  1. Practitioner Perspectives on Animal-Assisted Counseling

    Contributor(s): Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig, Quinn Koelfgen Smelser

  2. Attachment and quality of life in patients with inflammatory bowel disease

    Contributor(s): Alessandro Agostini, Marco Moretti, Carlo Calabrese, Fernando Rizzello, Paolo Gionchetti, Mauro Ercolani, Massimo Campieri

  3. Development and evaluation of the Fe-BARQ: A new survey instrument for measuring behavior in domestic cats (Felis s. catus)

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Deborah L. Duffy, Roseana T. Diniz de Moura, James A. Serpell

    A questionnaire instrument for obtaining quantitative behavioral evaluations of pet cats from cat owners was developed and validated. Exploratory Factor Analysis of 2608 questionnaire responses to 149 behavioral questions/items extracted a total of 23 distinct factors that measured most of the...

  4. Neighborhood-Based Differences in Physical Activity: An Environment Scale Evaluation

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Brian E. Saelens, James F. Sallis, Jennifer B. Black, Diana Chen

    Objectives. This study evaluated a neighborhood environment survey and compared the physical activity and weight status of the residents in 2 neighborhoods. Methods. On 2 occasions, 107 adults from neighborhoods with differing “walkability” were selected to complete a...

  5. Sizing up physical activity: The relationships between dog characteristics, dog owners' motivations, and dog walking

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Clarise Lim, Ryan E. Rhodes

    ObjectiveRegular dog walking is likely a symbiotic relationship between the needs of the dog and its owner. This relationship has seen limited attention. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships between dog characteristics, dog owners' perceptions of responsibility and...

  6. Use of questionnaire-based data to assess dog personality

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Pamela Wiener, Marie J. Haskell

    The study of dog personality is of general academic interest and also has applications for the management of both working dogs and pets. However, acquiring direct behavioral assessments of large numbers of animals is both time consuming and logistically difficult. An alternative approach that...

  7. Pet dogs and child physical activity: the role of child–dog attachment

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Anne M. Gadomski, Melissa B. Scribani, Nicole Krupa, Paul Jenkins

    Background Dog ownership has been associated with increased physical activity in children which in turn may mitigate childhood obesity. Objective To measure the association between child-dog attachment and child physical activity and screen time. Methods Cross-sectional study including...

  8. The Development and Evaluation of 'Farm Animal Welfare': An Educational Computer Game for Children

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Roxanne D. Hawkins, Gilly A. R. Mendes Ferreira, Joanne M. Williams

    Many children growing up in urban areas of Western countries have limited contact with and knowledge of farm animals and food production systems. Education can play an important role in children’s understanding of farm animal welfare issues, however, most education provided focuses on...

  9. A Dog's Got Personality: A Cross-Species Comparative Approach to Personality Judgments in Dogs and Humans

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): S.D. Gosling, V.S.Y. Kwan, O.P. John

  10. The neural basis of understanding the expression of the emotions in man and animals

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Robert P. Spunt, Emily Ellsworth, Ralph Adolphs

    Humans cannot help but attribute human emotions to non-human animals. Although such attributions are often regarded as gratuitous anthropomorphisms and held apart from the attributions humans make about each other’s internal states, they may be the product of a general mechanism for...

  11. Pet ownership, attitudes, and experiences across income levels

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): B. Lian, M. Mathis

  12. Associations Between Pet Ownership and Attitudes Toward Pets With Youth Socioemotional Outcomes

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Kristen C. Jacobson, Laura Chang

    Evidence regarding the effects of pet ownership and related variables on youth socioemotional development is mixed. Inconsistencies across studies may be due to a variety of factors, including the use of different outcomes measured across studies, small potential effect sizes, and use of...

  13. One of the family? Measuring young adolescents' relationships with pets and siblings

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Matthew T Cassels, Naomi White, Nancy Gee, Claire Hughes

    Pets are common but their importance to children and early adolescents has received scant empirical attention. This is partly due to a lack of tools for measuring child-pet relationships. The first aim of the present study (involving 77 12-year-olds) was to evaluate a pet adaptation of an...

  14. Children's Attachment to Their Pets: Links to Socio-Emotional Development

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Gail F. Melson, Susan Peet, Cheryl Sparks

  15. Kućni ljubimci i implikacije za zdravlje i psihofizičku dobrobit njihovih vlasnika

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Jelena Ombla

  16. Grau de apego dos proprietários com os animais de companhia segundo a Escala Lexington Attachment to Pets

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Maria de Fátima Martins, Paula Adriane Piccolo Pieruzzi, João Paulo Fernandes Santos, Márcio Antonio Brunetto, Viviane Murer Fruchi, Mônica Baptista Ciari, Márcio José da Rocha Luppi, Letícia Maria de Zoppa

    A  avaliação  do  grau  de  apego  de  proprietários  com  os  seus  cães  e  gatos  é  um  importante  recurso  para  o  estudo  da influência dos...

  17. Pokušaj validacije adaptirane lexington skale privrženosti kućnim ljubimcima

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Jelena Levačić

    Dosadašnja, uglavnom strana istraživanja, pokazala su kako ljudi sa svojim kućnim ljubimcima stvaraju čvrstu emocionalnu vezu iz koje, čini se, proizlaze brojne prednosti za čovjeka, kako na fizičkom tako i na psihološkom planu. U Hrvatskoj je privrženost kućnim ljubimcima...

  18. The Companion Animal Semantic Differential: Long and Short Form Reliability and Validity

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Robert H. Poresky, Charles Hendrix, Jacob E. Mosier, Marvin L. Samuelson

  19. How animals contribute to subjective well-being: A comprehensive model of protective and risk factors

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Maike Luhmann, Anna Kalitzki

    In this paper, we elaborate and test a comprehensive theoretical model of SWB of animal caregivers. This model includes risk factors such as restrictions in daily life, negative emotions, and financial strain, and protective factors such as a sense of purpose in life, positive emotions, and...

  20. Confirmatory factor analyses of the children's attitudes and behaviors towards animals scale in two eastern cultural contexts

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Jessica Wong, David Mellor, Xioayan Xu, Ben Richardson

    The purpose of the present study was to investigate the factor stability of the Children’s Attitudes and Behaviors Towards Animals Scale (CABTA) across two eastern contexts: China and Malaysia. Confirmatory factor analyses (CFAs) were conducted on data collected from 700 Chinese mothers...