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  1. A narrative exploration of the meaning of companion animals throughout the lives of non-institutionalized elderly widows living alone

    Contributor(s):: Teresa Angela Stokowski

    The purpose of this study was to explore the meaning of companion animals throughout the lives of non-institutionalized elderly widows living alone. Three widows ranging in age from 70 to 85 were recruited from friends and acquaintances for participation in this study. The meaning of companion...

  2. A New User Testing Methodology for Digitally Mediated Human-Animal Interaction

    Contributor(s):: Michelle Westerlaken

     This thesis evaluates a novel methodology for the user testing of digitally mediated human-animal interactions. The proposed method includes the structural analysis of video observations following a Grounded Theory approach. Complemented with more subjective human observations, this...

  3. A Perspective from Pet Owners toward the Development in Pet Supplies Industry

    Contributor(s):: Chen Chunsheng

    From the 1950s onwards, pets were generally obtained by picking up, sheltering, donating or adoption, until the 1950s, the phenomenon of pet commodity trading began on the market, and the pet was never a commodity to a "exchange value" generation. According to the statistics of the COA,...

  4. A Systematic Assessment of Stress and Attention via short-term Canine Association: Differences Between Cognitive Functioning, Performance and Subjective Experience

    Contributor(s):: Kristin Marie Finkbeiner

    Humans have coexisted with animals since the beginning, with their relationship evolving over time from one that was predatory-based (i.e. eat or be eaten), to fascination, to domestication, to integration into modern day society as pets or pests (Serpell, 1995). Many people recognize that...

  5. All in the family? Understanding the meaning of dogs and cats in the lives of American pet owners

    Contributor(s):: Blouin, David D.

  6. An Investigation of Environmental Factors that Affect the Behavior and Welfare of Domestic Cats (Felis sylvestris catus)

    Contributor(s):: Judith Lynn Stella

    Domestic cats are the most commonly kept companion animal in the U.S. with large populations of owned (86 million), free-roaming (70 million), research (13,000) and shelter (2-3 million) cats. Therefore, large numbers of cats are confined to cages each year, so offering the most appropriate...

  7. An investigation of the psychosocial impact of human-animal interaction on a forensic population

    Contributor(s):: Angela Krom Fournier

    This quasi-experimental field study tested the psychosocial effects of a forensic human-animal interaction (HAI) program on prison inmates. The study assessed the impact of the HAI program using both between-subject and within-subject methods and analyses. A total of 54 male inmates participated...

  8. An Investigation of the Relationship of Wound Infection and Exposure to Household Pets: A Pilot Study

    Contributor(s):: Rhodora Neu

    Statement of Problem  In most industrialized countries, pets are becoming a big part in households engaging and sharing human lifestyles. In fact, it is estimated that 14%-62% of pet owners allow their dogs and cats on their beds. However, pets can also carry and transmit pathogens to people...

  9. Analysis of Bobcats in Urban Areas of Orange County, CA

    Contributor(s):: Ian Ice

  10. Analyzing Big Cat Behaviors in an Artificial Environment

    Contributor(s):: Krystal Ostrowski

    The purpose of this research is, to observe big cat behaviors at The Exotic Feline Rescue Center, and analyze these behaviors in comparison to known behaviors, to see the affects an artificial environment has on these cats. In this study the term artificial environment refers to anything outside...

  11. Animal assisted therapy and its effects on the elderly

    Contributor(s):: Laura A. Locker

    "Another type of AAT is a non-institutional program for older adults Animal companionship is extremely important for all people, but it is especial important for the elderly. Many people think that the majority of elders live in nursing homes, but the fact is that the vast majority of older...

  12. Animal-assisted therapy as an intervention for reducing depression among long-term care residents

    Contributor(s):: Angela Condit

    The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of animal-assisted intervention on reducing depression and loneliness among older adults residing in a long-term care facility. Forty-eight residents from one long-term care facility in a northern Colorado city participated in the study....

  13. Animal-assisted therapy using dogs: The benefits to children

    Contributor(s):: Corrine E. Oian

    Animal-assisted therapy, including dogs, has gained widespread support and has been implemented in many areas throughout the past few decades. Animal-assisted therapy was first recorded in England in 1792, where mentally ill patients were given small animals for which to care. Since then dogs...

  14. Animal-assisted therapy: a volunteer's perspective

    Contributor(s):: Jesse Rose Moorhead

    Animal Assisted Therapy is a non-traditional therapy method that has gained recognition in recent years. The literature on the subject is largely provided by professional counselors and licensed social workers. This study investigated the perspectives of the volunteer animal handlers who...

  15. Animals and Babies: How the vulnerable teach us empathy and compassion

    Contributor(s):: Avril Anne Gaastra

    Compassion and empathy have historically embodied what are considered to be some of the best elements of humanity. The processes whereby we come to know the internal stage of another and respond with sensitive care are of enormous importance for our life together (Batson, 2009). It is not...

  16. Applying social science to inform conservation solutions regarding owned outdoor cats in urbanizing landscapes

    Contributor(s):: Ashley Gramza

    Free-ranging domestic cats (Felis catus) incur and impose risks on ecosystems and represent a complex issue of critical importance to wildlife conservation and domestic cat and human health. There is an inherent social dimension to the issue of owned free-ranging cats, as humans are their...

  17. Are there differences in the relationship between children with autism and their pet cat vs children with standard development and their pet cat?

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    Contributor(s):: Ada van der Molen

    This little (dutch) research project showed no difference in the quality of the relationship between childeren with autism and their pet cats vs children with standard development and their pet cats.The bonding with the cat and accepting it the way it is play a major role in the quality of the...

  18. Being there : relationships between people with cancer and their pets : what helps and what hinders

    Contributor(s):: Patricia Nitkin

    This qualitative research examined the little studied area of human-pet relationships and their impact on persons with cancer. The goal of this study was to gather information from individuals with cancer who had a pet during their illness and explore the helpful and unhelpful aspects of that...

  19. Benefits to pets from the human animal bond: A study of pet owner behaviors and their relation to attachment

    Contributor(s):: Deanna Kay Douglas

    Researchers have demonstrated clear benefits to humans in their relationship with companion animals; however, little is known about how these animals may benefit from their relationship with humans.The purpose of the current study is to investigate potential benefits of a pet living in a...

  20. Canine-assisted therapy: An emerging therapeutic practice

    Contributor(s):: Kenneth M. Jastrow III

    Close relationships link all living things in the environment, but the forces that connect people and animals are especially strong and enduring. These forces of connection are being utilized for the advancement of human happiness and well-being in a therapeutic manner. This therapy is called...