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  1. Practitioners Corner

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    As science begins to support what we have long intuitively known, that human-animal interactions offer numerous benefits, animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) are becoming increasingly popular. Unfortunately, with the rapid growth of AAIs, many clinicians who include animals lack sufficient...

  2. Human Helping of Animals: What Motivates It?

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    While considerable research has been carried out to understand helping offered to other humans, relatively little research has focused specifically on the motivations underlying helping for animals. It is possible that the social psychological helping literature may help shed light on the...

  3. Theoretical Development of Equine-assisted Activities and Therapies for Children with Autism: A Systematic Mapping Review

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    In this systematic mapping review, we mapped the state of theoretical development of equine-assisted activities and therapies for children with autism to help illuminate promising theoretical frameworks. Across 42 studies and 22 non-research reports, we identified 10 explanatory formal theories...

  4. The Development and Pilot Evaluation of a "Serious Game" to Promote Positive Child-Animal Interactions

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    Animal welfare education aims to nurture compassion, respect and kindness to animals but there remains a need for more rigorous evaluations of such programmes to assess the most effective approaches. Incorporating technology into animal welfare education is a relatively novel field. This study...

  5. Book Review: "Clinician's Guide to Treating Companion Animal Issues"

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    The Clinicianís Guide is a watershed work in the field of HAI. It is an edited collection of academic scholarship which fills an important void for mental health clinicians. As stated in the introduction to the volume, companion animals play ever increasing roles as friends and family...

  6. The Relationship Between Humane Interactions with Animals, Empathy, and Prosocial Behavior among Children

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    We investigated the relationship between empathy, prosocial behavior, and frequency of humane interactions with animals among 3rd grade children (n = 158).  We measured the frequency of humane interactions with animals via the Children's Treatment of Animals Questionnaire (Thompson...

  7. Attachment to Dogs and Cats in Germany. Translation of the Lexington Attachment to Pets Scale (LAPS) and description of the pet owning population in Germany

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    Introduction: Attachment to pets has been shown to impact pet owners' (PO) physical health and quality of life. As no instrument for obtaining this kind of data currently exists in German, translating and validating the Lexington Attachment to Pets Scale (LAPS) was the aim of this study....

  8. The Knowledge of Animals as Food Scale

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    There have been extensive outreach programs to educate people about the realities of animal food production. However, there has been relatively little attention to measuring what people actually know about the production of animal food products and the conditions in which those animals exist. A...

  9. No pets allowed: Landlord attitudes towards pets in a small Canadian city

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    Pet ownership is associated with greater mental and physical well-being, but it can also make some aspects of life more difficult. For example, many landlords have a 'no-pets' policy, which is especially problematic in areas where rental units are already in short supply. We examined...

  10. Canine Complements to Psychological First Aid

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    Psychological First Aid (PFA) is a well-established, evidence-informed behavioral health intervention designed for use by mental health and other disaster-relief responders to help support survivors following a disaster. Establishing connections, supporting adaptive coping, enhancing emotional...

  11. The Impact of a Care Recipient's Pet on Caregiving Burden, Satisfaction, and Mastery: A Pilot Investigation

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    Older adults who require assistance with their own self-care most likely need assistance with pet care. These pet care tasks are likely taken on by their family caregivers (i.e., informal caregivers). However, the potential impact of an older adult's pet on caregivers' emotional...

  12. The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog - Book Review

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    In The education of Will: A mutual memoir of a woman and her dog, Dr. Patricia McConnell recounts how her complex relationship with Will, a Border Collie with serious anxiety and behavioral issues, helped her to confront and cope with her own buried history of trauma.

  13. Prevalence of Coursework in Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies at Universities and Colleges in the United States: A Scoping Review

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    An increasing number of universities and colleges in the United States are offering coursework related to equine-assisted activities or therapies. We conducted a scoping review to determine the prevalence of such coursework at higher education institutions with information on geographic...

  14. Fostering a More Humane University Environment Through Course Work, Service-Learning, and Animal-Assisted Interventions and Activities

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    Incorporating coursework on animal-assisted interventions and human animal interactions has become a viable option for students in higher education. These educational opportunities appear to enhance the quality of education the students receive as well as improve the experience of students...

  15. Multicultural Considerations in AAI

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    Attitudes towards non-human animals and the conceptualization of the human-animal bond varies across cultures and population groups, thereby making it a crucial consideration in the field of animal-assisted intervention (AAI). The growing expansion of AAI practice to multicultural populations...

  16. The State of Assessment in Human-Animal Interaction Research

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    There is a growing body of research in human-animal interaction (HAI), but the field is often criticized for its lack of methodological rigor and heterogeneous outcome assessment. In addition, there is a scarcity of valid and reliable assessment tools specific to measuring constructs directly...

  17. The Background to Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Research

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    Human-Animal Interaction (HAI), and specifically what is called the human-animal bond, has a long history. The long-standing social implications of our association with animals continue as well as an ever-increasing utilization of animals to help mitigate the impact of disabilities. In the last...

  18. Impact of adaptive devices on horses, assisting persons, and riders with cerebral palsy in a therapeutic riding program

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    Hypothesis: The goal of this study was to evaluate the impact of three different adaptive devices used to facilitate therapeutic horseback riding for riders with cerebral palsy (CP), the horses, and the assisting persons. The study hypothesis was that there is no difference in clinical benefit...

  19. Behavioral and Physiological Effects of Equine-assisted Early Intervention for Mother- Child Dyads with Insecure Attachment

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    Animals, including horses may be valuable partners in many activities, pedagogy and therapy. Contact between humans and animals can facilitate an oxytocin secretion that, as a consequence, may alleviates stress-responses, increases social orientation and that supports attachment and caregiving....

  20. The Psychological Processes Involved in the Development of a High-Quality Relation with one's Dog

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    Background. Several studies have found an effect of pet ownership on human health and well-being. We propose that these benefits can only occur when the pet owner perceives the dog in a certain way: As having a human-like psychological functioning and experience of the world (anthropomorphism),...