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  1. Companion animals for elderly women: The importance of attachment

    Contributor(s):: Chur-Hansen, Anna, Winefield, Helen Russell, Beckwith, Melinda

    Much research exploring the relationship between companion animals and physical and psychological health is quantitative and inconclusive, and inconsistent findings have been reported. In this study, we conducted interviews with 11 elderly women and considered the themes that emerged from the...

  2. John Bowlby and ethology: An annotated interview with Robert Hinde

    Contributor(s):: Van Der Horst, Frank C. P., Van Der Veer, René, Van Ijzendoorn, Marinus H.

    From the 1950s, John Bowlby, one of the founders of attachment theory, was in personal and scientific contact with leading European scientists in the field of ethology (e.g., Niko Tinbergen, Konrad Lorenz, and especially Robert Hinde). In constructing his new theory on the nature of the bond...

  3. Do animals grieve?

    Contributor(s):: Carson, Ute

    Provides literary examples of animals' capabilities of recognition, attachment, and bonding to people and to each other, and their ability to recognize danger and impending death. The author also provides examples of animals who mourned a loss to the point of relinquishing their own lives....

  4. The elderly's adjustment to the loss of a companion animal: People–pet dependency

    Contributor(s):: Stewart, Cyrus S., Thrush, John C., Paulus, George S., Hafner, Patrick

    A survey of 220 elderly persons, aged 55+ yrs, showed that pet ownership varied inversely with age, the size of Ss' friendship networks, and the number and perceived importance of social contacts. Pet owners as well as nonowners tended to characterize the relationship between the elderly and...

  5. “Not just a dog”: An attachment perspective on relationships with assistance dogs

    Contributor(s):: Kwong, Marilyn, Bartholomew, Kim

    We explored individuals' relationships with an assistance dog from an attachment-theory perspective. We used both inductive and deductive thematic methods to analyze semi-structured interviews with 25 participants who had lost an assistance dog to retirement or death. Analyses revealed attachment...

  6. People and pets

    Contributor(s):: Noonan, Ellen

    This paper, arising out of the personal experience of the author and her colleagues and friends, explores the significance of pets to their owners. Drawing on psychoanalytic and attachment theory, ethology, veterinarians and literature, she suggests that pets may be attachment figures,...

  7. Pet dog ownership in families of children with autism: Children's social skills and attachment to their dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Carlisle, Gretchen K.

    This study compared the social skills of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who lived with dogs and those who did not live with dogs. Interaction with dogs was investigated in this population, along with the attachment of those children who lived with dogs. This cross-sectional, descriptive...

  8. Attachment theory and the therapeutic relationship: Implications for Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) and the human-animal bond

    | Contributor(s):: Sakai, Janine

  9. Emotional relationships: Types, challenges and physical/mental health impacts

    | Contributor(s):: Mohiyeddini, Changiz

  10. Application of attachment theory to equine-facilitated psychotherapy

    | Contributor(s):: Bachi, Keren

  11. From interspecific attachment relationship to human directed aggression

    | Contributor(s):: Gácsi, M.

  12. Why spending quality time with Sparky is good for you and your clients

    | Contributor(s):: Gerbasi, Kathleen C.

  13. Is there hope for children who harm animals?

    | Contributor(s):: Howe, Tasha R.

  14. Pet‐related consumption as a consumer identity constructor

    | Contributor(s):: Jyrinki, Henna

  15. Owners as a secure base for their dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Mariti, Chiara, Ricci, Eva, Zilocchi, Marcella, Gazzano, Angelo

  16. Review of Attachment to pets: An integrative view of human-animal relationships with implications for therapeutic practice

    | Contributor(s):: Norris, Robin R.

  17. General commentary: Rethinking the role of animals in human well-being

    | Contributor(s):: Oyama, Mark A., Serpell, James A.

  18. Pets as safe havens and secure bases: The moderating role of pet attachment orientations

    | Contributor(s):: Zilcha-Mano, Sigal, Mikulincer, Mario, Shaver, Phillip R.

  19. Human Analogue Safe Haven Effect of the Owner: Behavioural and Heart Rate Response to Stressful Social Stimuli in Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: M. Gácsi, K. Maros, S. Sernkvist, T. Faragó, A. Miklósi

    The secure base and safe haven effects of the attachment figure are central features of the human attachment theory. Recently, conclusive evidence for human analogue attachment behaviours in dogs has been provided, however, the owner’s security-providing role in danger has not been directly...

  20. Factors and Convergent Validity of the Pet Attachment and Life Impact Scale (PALS)

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    | Contributor(s):: Lisa DeMarni Cromer, M. Rose Barlow

    Human-animal interaction (HAI) provides benefits for humans. Emotional attachment to pets is a possible mechanism for benefits but there is no standard operationalization for "attachment to pets." The study presented here (N = 651) uses a pet attachment measure based on qualitative...