Evaluating Trophic Rewilding as a Conservation Technique
Theses | Contributor(s): Aaron Sieve
The focus for this paper is to define specifically trophic rewilding, determine its efficacy as a conservation technique, and explore ways to lessen one of its key limitations. Trophic rewilding is the conservation technique whereby an extirpated keystone species or ecosystem engineer is...
The Impact of Animals with Struggling Readers
Theses | Contributor(s): Jennifer Heyer
The purpose of this thesis was to evaluate the impact that dogs have with students that struggle with reading. Several programs have been implemented where students spend time reading books to dogs. During these reading sessions, students tend to be more relaxed and confident with their...
Psychologists' Use of Dogs in Psychotherapy: A Therapeutic Exploration
Theses | Contributor(s): Christine A. Treece
The current fund of literature documents the many benefits of using dogs as adjunct healing agents for both physical and psychological ailments. Despite the ever-growing body of research about dogs as adjunct interventions, there is a meager amount of information available about...
An Exploratory Study of Burial Identification Using Historic Human Remains Detection Dog Alerts and Inorganic Soil Analyses
Theses | Contributor(s): Britt Schlosshardt
One point at which forensic science and historical archaeology intersect, and the focus of this thesis, is using the decidedly forensic avenues of trained dogs, probing, and chemical analyses of soils, informed by archaeological survey, to locate burials. Human remains detection dogs have...
Attitudes of Clinical Psychologists Towards the Reporting of Nonhuman Animal Abuse
Theses | Contributor(s): Laetitia Geoffroy-Dallery
Research consistently demonstrates that nonhuman animals are capable of cognition and complex emotions, but their legal status in the United States remains similar to that of property. As such, they are not protected under laws mandating psychologists to report suspicions of abuse of...
The Effect of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Nursing Student Anxiety
Theses | Contributor(s): Della Anderson
College students have high levels of stress, anxiety, and loneliness (Stewart , Dispenza, Parker, Chang, & Cunnien, 2014). College campus counselors strive to combat this stress and meet student needs through creative solutions (Stewart et al., 2014). Nursing student stress has a major...
The Efficacy of Hippotherapy for Physical Rehabilitation: A Systematic Review
Theses | Contributor(s): Megan Hilgers, Haley Nielsen
Purpose: The purpose of this scholarly project is to examine existing literature pertaining to hippotherapy and conditions impacting physical health through completion of a systematic review. According to the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA, 2017), hippotherapy is defined as “how...
The Physical Therapeutic Benefits of Hippotherapy on Children with Physical Disabilities
Theses | Contributor(s): Heather Brand
Hippotherapy is a great choice of treatment for children with physical disabilities. It can improve gross motor function, balance, spasticity, posture, and gait, as reviewed in this paper. It can also have benefits for many other areas in the child’s life, physically or mentally. This...
Fast Horses: The Racehorse in Health, Disease and Afterlife, 1800 - 1920
Theses | Contributor(s): Esther Harper
Sports historians have identified the 19th century as a period of significant change in the sport of horseracing, during which it evolved from a sporting pastime of the landed gentry into an industry, and came under increased regulatory control from the Jockey Club. Although racehorses were the...
Therapy Dogs in Couple and Family Therapy - A Therapist's Perspective
Theses | Contributor(s): Rachel Hequembourg Policay
The purpose of this study was to contribute an increased understanding of therapists' experiences working with therapy dogs in couple and family therapy. This qualitative study sought to describe the overall experience of therapists who work with therapy dogs in couple and family therapy,...
A Longitudinal Study Of Maternal Style, Young Adult Temperament And Cognition, And Program Outcome In Guide Dogs
Theses | Contributor(s): Emily Elizabeth Bray Cohen
How does maternal style, experienced over the first few weeks of life, affect later outcomes? Equally important, what is the role of an adolescent’s temperament and cognitive skills? The quest to understand which factors early in development lead to positive life outcomes is an endeavor...
Equine Assisted Couples Therapy: An Exploratory Study
Theses | Contributor(s): Taylor Marie Ham
Equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is an emerging experiential methodology that has recently gained recognition as a method for addressing a range of presenting problems for a wide variety of client populations. Couples therapy is one area that the practice of equine assisted psychotherapy...
The Effectiveness Of Visits To Dickerson Park Zoo On Guests' Conservation Mindedness And Behavior
Theses | Contributor(s): Sarah K. Foster
Today, there are more than 10,000 zoos worldwide that provide the public with opportunities to observe and learn about endangered and threatened species from ecosystems all over the world. Through direct and emotional interactions with wildlife at zoos, more than 600 million guests a year have...
How Prejudice Affects the Study of Animal Minds
Theses | Contributor(s): Ashley Keefner
Humans share the planet with many wonderfully diverse animal species and human-animal interactions are part of our daily lives. An important part of understanding how humans do and should interact with other animals is understanding how humans think about other animals. In this thesis, I argue...
Pets in the Family
Theses | Contributor(s): Jason Brown
Recent cultural shifts have found more people identifying their pets as members of their family. However, little research has examined how families create this identity that pets have. Using narrative performance theory, this study examined the stories that families tell about their pets and...
Turpaterapiaa ja karvaista kaveruutta : ihmisen ja eläimen välinen suhde sekä eläinten koetut vaikutukset hyvinvointiin ja elämäntyytyväisyyteen
Theses | Contributor(s): Tanja Honkanen
Vaikka ihmisen ja eläimen välinen suhde on ilmiönä tuhansia vuosia vanha, on sen yhteyksiä ihmisen terveyteen ja hyvinvointiin tutkittu aktiivisesti vasta reilut 30 vuotta. Kertynyt tutkimus on keskittynyt koiriin ja erityisryhmiin. Ihmisen ja eläimen välisen...
Theses | Contributor(s): Sarah Gunawan
Animals are invading the city. Coyotes are sighted on downtown streets with greater frequency, raccoons notoriously forage through greenbins as their primary source of food, and all forms of animals inhabit the surfaces, edges and cavities of the built environment. Once wild animals are now...
Εκτρέφοντας κτήνη: αλληλεπίδραση ζώων και ανθρώπων στις παρυφές της Πίνδου
Theses | Contributor(s): Georgia Doutsi
The Influence of Pets on Decisions of Older Adults' with Chronic Conditions
Theses | Contributor(s): Sara Basilia Basin
Many older adults view pets as companions, and are responsible for their pet’s care and well-being. Research suggests that people prioritize their pet’s needs, although it may jeopardize their own safety. Some older adults forego, delay, or refuse care in order to remain...
Effects of Visitors and Enrichments on Behavior of Captive Red Wolves' (Canis rufus) at the Great Plains Zoo, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Theses | Contributor(s): Kylee S. Shotkoski
Red wolves (Canis rufus) are the first animals to maintain a wild population from captive, released individuals. A captive breeding program for red wolves was started before complete extirpation, and 4 breeding pairs were released in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge (North Carolina) in...