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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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....

  11. Keeper/orangutan interactions at Auckland Zoo: Communication, friendship, and ethics between species

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Alexandra Palmer

    This thesis is aimed at addressing debates within and beyond anthropology pertaining to humans' relationships with nonhuman great apes. Employing a hybrid methodology derived from ethnoprimatology, I use a combination of historical, ethnographic, and ethological data to examine...

  12. Behavior and personality analysis in cloned working dog candidates 복제 기능견 후보의 행동과 성격 분석

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Jin Choi

    Cloning specific individuals is the way to produce targeted animals. This makes newborns without surplus animals which should be adapted to new families afterwards or supported by institutions for whole life. Cloning excellent dogs had been started from this point. Many cloned dogs have been...

  13. Defining the qualities of an equine-facilitated mental health horse or pony : An introductory survey

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Madeline Rose DeBoer

    Equine-facilitated mental health (EFMH) is a practice within equine-assisted therapy (EAT) that has expanded greatly in the last 20 years, but scientific research is still lacking. Thus far, no attempt has been made to characterize the horses and ponies currently used in EFMH programs, or to...

  14. Living in elephant worlds: human-elephant relations on the fringe of forest and village in Assam, Northeast India

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Paul Keil

    The worlds and practices of the people we study are not produced by human intention and action alone. They emerge in interaction with other organisms, materials, and forces that constitute a person’s field of relations. A multispecies or more-than-human approach to anthropology seeks to...

  15. Risky business: Causes and conservation implications of human-moor macaque (macaca maura) interactions in south Sulawesi, Indonesia

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Kristen Morrow

    Human and nonhuman primates (primates, hereafter) interact with one another in diverse ways. Although the nature of these interactions has been well documented, we still have limited insight as to why humans and primates interact in the patterns we observe. Drawing from life history theory,...

  16. Assessing Pet Rabbit Welfare Based on General Discussion on Human-Animal Relationship

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Yufei Ren

    Pets are popular worldwide, and more than half of human population keep pets. Cats and dogs have the highest percentage of being kept in households, and the population of rabbits is about one-tenth of cats or dogs. Humans’ love for pets can be dated back to Holocene when humans started to...

  17. Using Feminist Theories to Explore Human-animal Relationships: Pigeons in the City

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Yue Yin

    The unequal human-animal relationships regard human beings as superior to other species. They exit in various kinds of human-animal interactions (i.e. our consumption of animal products, and our use of animals as tools or entertainment). This human-dominant relationship is the result of the...

  18. Reduciendo la soledad: terapia asistida con animales para adultos mayores de una residencia geriátrica

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Mariana De la Puente Cunliffe

    Los sentimientos de soledad son un problema común en adultos mayores que viven en residencias geriátricas y diversos estudios han encontrado los efectos negativos que generan en su salud. También, se ha encontrado que la Terapia Asistida con Animales (TAA) puede reducir...

  19. Using a systematic mapping review to examine equine-assisted activities and therapies for people with mental health through an occupational therapy lens

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Rachel Hardie

    Equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) are one type of complementary and/or alternative treatment for persons with mental illness. Various approaches have been used to improve individual's self-esteem, self-efficacy, and overall health (Bizub, Joy, & Davidson, 2003; Burgon,...

  20. Guide dog ownership and psychological well-being

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Cindy Wiggett

    This study explored the dynamics of guide dog ownership from a psychological point of view. The research was explorative in nature and employed two historically distinct methodologies of enquiry (both quantitative and qualitative). This explorative study relied on a very comprehensive...