The COVID Whirlwind on the Veterinary World: End-of-life Care and Euthanasia During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Elizabeth Chalmers, Paula Gerstenblatt, River Hodgdon
Veterinary providers experience job-specific psychological stress from their dual role in both providing medical care to pets and supporting pet-owner clients through end-of-life care and the euthanasia process, contributing to compassion fatigue and burnout in the field. COVID-19 has impacted...
Impact of COVID-19 on Service Dog Organizations
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Danny Benbassat, Abigail Konopasky, Michael Fox
The 2019 coronavirus pandemic led to federal, state, and local measures that paralyzed businesses across the nation. Among them were behavioral and mental health nonprofit organizations. The purpose of this study was to understand the impact of the pandemic on nonprofit programs that train and...
Who Is the Good Boy/Girl? Perspectives of French Handlers in AAI on the Selection of Their Dogs
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Alice Mignot, Gérard Leboucher, Véronique J. Servais, Karelle de Luca
Animal-assisted interventions (AAI) are well implemented in various health care settings; however, there is little data on the characteristics of the mediation dogs and their selection, which can influence the well-being of both the dogs and the beneficiaries. This study aims to gain a better...
Parent and child mental health during COVID-19 in Australia: The role of pet attachment
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Shannon K. Bennetts, Sharinne B. Crawford, Tiffani J. Howell, Fiona Burgemeister, Catherine Chamberlain, Kylie Burke, Jan M. Nicholson
Restrictions, social isolation, and uncertainty related to the global COVID-19 pandemic have disrupted the ways that parents and children maintain family routines, health, and wellbeing. Companion animals (pets) can be a critical source of comfort during traumatic experiences, although changes...
Dog Guardians' Subjective Well-Being During Times of Stress and Crisis: A Diary Study of Affect During COVID-19
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Lori S. Hoy, Brigitte Stangl, Nigel Morgan
The impacts of companion animals on human well-being have been receiving increased media and research attention, especially in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, there have been calls for research to consider the major components of subjective well-being separately and for research...
Dog-assisted interventions for adults diagnosed with schizophrenia and related disorders: a systematic review
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Tyssedal, M. K., Johnsen, E., Brønstad, A., Skrede, S.
BACKGROUND: Many individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and related disorders experience insufficient symptom relief from currently available treatment options. Researching additional venues should be prioritized. This systematic review, designed in accordance with PRISMA, examined the effect...
Can Interacting with Animals Improve Executive Functions? A Systematic Review
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Tepper, D., Shnookal, J., Howell, T., Bennett, P.
There has been growing interest in the potential benefits of using human-animal interactions to improve executive functions: cognitive processes that allow individuals to plan, solve problems, and self-regulate behaviour. To date, no comprehensive review has been conducted. The purpose of this...
Corrigendum: Examining human-animal interactions and their effect on multidimensional frailty in later life: a scoping review
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Taeckens, A., Corcoran, M., Wang, K., Morris, K. N.
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Examining human-animal interactions and their effect on multidimensional frailty in later life: a scoping review
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Taeckens, A., Corcoran, M., Wang, K., Morris, K. N.
This scoping review sought to compile outcomes associated with any human-animal interaction study regarding adults aged 50 and older in any living context and concerning a multidimensional (i.e., physical, psychological, cognitive, and social) perspective of frailty. Despite our best attempts...
Exploring the Role of Empathy as a Dual Mediator in the Relationship between Human-Pet Attachment and Quality of Life: A Survey Study among Adult Dog Owners
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Sung, J. Y., Han, J. S.
This study investigates the impact of empathy on the relationship between human-dog attachment and human quality of life. A survey involving 263 dog owners was conducted to gather data on attachment to dogs, empathy, and human quality of life in Korea. The findings indicate significant...
What Is Written on a Dog's Face? Evaluating the Impact of Facial Phenotypes on Communication between Humans and Canines
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Sexton, C. L., Buckley, C., Lieberfarb, J., Subiaul, F., Hecht, E. E., Bradley, B. J.
Facial phenotypes are significant in communication with conspecifics among social primates. Less is understood about the impact of such markers in heterospecific encounters. Through behavioral and physical phenotype analyses of domesticated dogs living in human households, this study aims to...
Cultivating the Acceptance of Assistance Dogs in Aged Care through Deliberative Democracy
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Salmon, A. J., Pachana, N. A.
Assistance dogs provide significant benefits to older adult owners. However, despite protective legislation, aged care facilities continue to not allow owners to retain their dogs on relocation. The purpose of the current study was to explore whether older adults should be allowed to retain...
Why don't politicians talk about meat? The political psychology of human-animal relations in elections
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Saha, S.
Building on literature from political science and psychology, I argue that political attention on animals and animal-friendly political candidates cause voter backlash. I test this using two different kinds of experiments with large, representative samples. I ask respondents to consider...
Companion Animal Fostering as Health Promotion: A Literature Review
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Roseveare, C., Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Murray, L., Wilkie, M., Gates, M. C.
There is growing interest in the health-promoting potential of human-companion animal relationships from a broad public health perspective while acknowledging barriers to ownership, particularly for older adults. Companion animal fostering is an alternative to pet ownership that aligns with the...
Is UK Puppy Purchasing Suffering a Long COVID Effect? Ongoing Negative Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic upon Puppy Purchase Motivations and Behaviours in 2021
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Packer, R. M. A., Brand, C. L., Belshaw, Z., Pegram, C. L., Dale, F., Stevens, K. B., O'Neill, D. G.
The COVID-19 pandemic led to a surge in acquisitions of puppies in the UK, dubbed the "Pandemic Puppy" phenomenon. In addition to an increased demand for puppies, widespread changes to both why and how puppies were purchased during this period compared to pre-pandemic 2019 purchases...
Pet's influence on humans' daily physical activity and mental health: a meta-analysis
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Martins, C. F., Soares, J. P., Cortinhas, A., Silva, L., Cardoso, L., Pires, M. A., Mota, M. P.
ABSTRACT: The benefits of the human-animal bond on owners' health and quality of life have been the focus of research in recent decades. However, the results are still inconsistent. Thus, this study aims to investigate whether the presence of a pet, compared to a control group, influences...
An evaluation of the effect of equine-facilitated psychotherapy on patients with substance use disorders
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Machová, K., Juríčková, V., Kasparová, A., Petrová, K., Sládková, B., Svobodová, I.
Equine Facilitated Psychiatry and Psychology (EFPP) is a supportive non-pharmacological treatment program used in the treatment of patients with substance use disorder. The aim of this study was to evaluate a possible change in patient's health and health-related quality of life between the...
Emergency Animal Boarding: A Social Return on Investment
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Ma, G. C., Ravulo, J., McGeown, U.
Companion animals play a central role in many families and are especially valued by those who are socially isolated. Crisis situations such as acute hospitalizations, homelessness, and natural disasters can make it difficult to preserve the human-animal bond and can result in animals being...
Service dogs for autistic children and family system functioning: a constant comparative analysis
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Leighton, S. C., Rodriguez, K. E., Nieforth, L. O., O'Haire, M. E.
INTRODUCTION: Service dog placements for autistic children are growing in popularity, yet findings to date are mixed. Moreover, no study to date has examined these placements through the lens of a recognized theoretical model. The purpose of this study is twofold: to explore experiences...
Dog assisted education in children with rheumatic diseases and adolescents with chronic pain in Germany
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Kiesewetter, J., Herbach, N., Landes, I., Mayer, J., Elgner, V., Orle, K., Grunow, A., Langkau, R., Gratzer, C., Jansson, A. F.
OBJECTIVES: Animal assisted intervention is an increasingly accepted tool to improve human well-being. The present study was performed to assess whether dog assisted education has a positive effect on children suffering from rheumatic disorders with pain and adolescents with chronic pain...