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  1. Health Benefits of Pet Ownership for Older Adults

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    | Contributor(s):: Molly Cook, Sydney Busch

    Background: Over the last few decades, life expectancy has increased causing a significant rise and rising number of senior citizens. This has resulted in greater demand and spending in healthcare for this growing population, due to, the increase risk for health problems that are associated...

  2. Do Men Underreport and Mask Their Emotional Attachment to Animal Companions? The Influence of Precarious Masculinity on Men’s Bonds with Their Dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Blazina, Chris, Kogan, Lori

    Males’ underreporting of psychological issues, physical symptoms, and personal information is commonplace both in medical and psychological settings in North America. One explanation for this occurrence is men that endorse traditional forms of masculine gender roles underreport or mask their...

  3. The Intersection of Aging and Pet Guardianship: Influences of Health and Social Support

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    | Contributor(s):: Ranell L. Mueller, Elizabeth G. Hunter

    Studies of the human-animal bond show many positive health effects for pet guardians including a sense of companionship, reduced depression and loneliness, and higher activity levels, yet few studies have examined factors such as how the pet guardians’ health, age, and social networks...

  4. Companion Animals and Health in Older Populations: A Systematic Review

    | Contributor(s):: Hughes, M. J., Verreynne, M. L., Harpur, P., Pachana, N. A.

  5. The Effects of Pet Visitation and Human Interaction on the Happiness of Retirement Home Residents

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    | Contributor(s):: Candace Jean Donaghy, Richard Tucker (adviser)

  6. The psychological Impact of Companion Animals for Older Adults who Reside Alone

    | Contributor(s):: Tess Reed

    Companion animals have been identified as improving the physical and emotional health of some older adults (Collis & McNicholas, 1998). This qualitative study explored the psychological impact of owning a cat or a dog for persons aged 65 or older who resided alone. Nine participants, two male...

  7. The benefits of pet companionship in emerging adults

    | Contributor(s):: Leighann DeMarco

    The present study examines the benefits associated with pet companionship in emerging adults. Past research suggests that pet companionship can have many positive impacts on individuals’ lives; however, little research has explored pet companionship during the transitional developmental...

  8. The "Right to Autonomous Agency" and the "Right to Exit/ Sever Relationships": Theorizing our Obligations to Companion Animals in a Post-Animal Rights World

    | Contributor(s):: Shitangshu Roy

    This thesis expands on the model presented in Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka’s Zoopolis for how companion animals might be treated as co-citizens in a post-Animal Rights world. I will attempt to clarify the distinct political obligations owed to companion animals throughout their lifetimes...

  9. Street Involved Youth and Companion Animals: A Phenomenological Study

    | Contributor(s):: Melissa Caines

    Of the approximate one hundred and fifty thousand youth in Canada who are homeless on any given night as many as 25 percent of them share their lives with companion animals (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2006) . For many of these young people their companion animal is their only source of...

  10. Are Companion Animals the Secret to Good Health?

    | Contributor(s):: Bradley Smith, Petra Bywood

    People keep pets for companionship, recreation and protection rather than for the specific purpose of enhancing health. However, a considerable body of literature supports the idea that companion animals can improve overall quality of life, including physical, social and psychological health, yet...

  11. Continuing bonds research with animal companions: Implications for men grieving the loss of a dog

    | Contributor(s):: Packman, Wendy, Bussolari, Cori, Katz, Rachel, Carmack, Betty J., Blazina, Christopher, Kogan, Lori R.

  12. A new understanding of man's best friend: A proposed contextual model for the exploration of human-animal interaction among insecurely attached males

    | Contributor(s):: Blazina, Chris, O'Neil, James M., Denke, Robyn, Blazina, Christopher, Kogan, Lori R.

  13. Animal companions and military veterans: How dogs can help America's heroes

    | Contributor(s):: Carper, Teri L., Bartone, Anne S., Petty, Frederick C., Blazina, Christopher, Kogan, Lori R.

  14. The roles animal companions play in middle-aged males' lives: Examining the psychometric properties of a measure assessing males' human-animal interactions

    | Contributor(s):: Blazina, Chris, Bartone, Anne S., Blazina, Christopher, Kogan, Lori R.

  15. Without a home but not without a companion: an ethnographic study

    | Contributor(s):: Catherine M. Riley

    This study aims to explore the personal perspective of people who are homeless and their pet companions. This study examines the benefits and challenges of the homeless pet owner in Sacramento, CA. The study’s purpose is to discuss the benefits and challenges as well as further explore the...

  16. The history and training of the therapy dog for school personnel

    | Contributor(s):: Carmen Wille, Sue Montgomery

    Since the time dogs were first domesticated, they have played an important role in providing companionship and comfort. It was a natural extension of this human animal bond to use dogs to provide this same comfort to others as what is now know as dog-assisted therapy. This project reviews the...

  17. Animal Companionship and Ethnic Diversity

    | Contributor(s):: Ankita Sejra, Hita Bavishi, Rishabh Shah, Samira Behrooz, Julie M. Fagan

    The study of human-animal interactions and relationships is an extremely interesting topic. For a long time these relationships have been greatly prized among people such that they have accepted the animals as a part of their lives. In the United States, certain groups of people have accepted...

  18. Why Humans and Dogs Make Great Companions: Sophia Kwan at TEDxAsociacionEscuelasLincoln

    | Contributor(s):: Sophia Kwan

    Sophia got a dog a year ago, and he changed her family's life in a very positive way. If you're thinking about getting a dog, you should. A dog is a man's best friend for a reason.Sophia was born in Santa Monica, California. She's lived in the United States for the majority of her...

  19. Animal companions and military veterans: How dogs can help America's heroes

    | Contributor(s):: Carper, Teri L., Bartone, Anne S., Petty, Frederick C.

  20. On Lifetimes: Children's Experiences of Companion Animal Death

    | Contributor(s):: Joshua James Russell

    The purpose of this interdisciplinary research project is to investigate children's lived experiences of companion animal death within the Greater Toronto Area. The central research questions are: "What does it mean for children to experience the death of a companion animal? What do...