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  1. Pet dogs and child physical activity: the role of child–dog attachment

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    | Contributor(s):: Anne M. Gadomski, Melissa B. Scribani, Nicole Krupa, Paul Jenkins

    Background Dog ownership has been associated with increased physical activity in children which in turn may mitigate childhood obesity. Objective To measure the association between child-dog attachment and child physical activity and screen time. Methods Cross-sectional study including...

  2. The Development and Evaluation of 'Farm Animal Welfare': An Educational Computer Game for Children

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    | Contributor(s):: Roxanne D. Hawkins, Gilly A. R. Mendes Ferreira, Joanne M. Williams

    Many children growing up in urban areas of Western countries have limited contact with and knowledge of farm animals and food production systems. Education can play an important role in children’s understanding of farm animal welfare issues, however, most education provided focuses on...

  3. A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of the Child-Dog Relationship in Healthy Weight and Overweight/Obese Children

    | Contributor(s):: Deborah Linder

  4. The Relationship Between Animal Bonding and Empathy in Preadolescent Children

    | Contributor(s):: Eileen Marzullo

  5. Associations Between Pet Ownership and Attitudes Toward Pets With Youth Socioemotional Outcomes

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    | Contributor(s):: Kristen C. Jacobson, Laura Chang

    Evidence regarding the effects of pet ownership and related variables on youth socioemotional development is mixed. Inconsistencies across studies may be due to a variety of factors, including the use of different outcomes measured across studies, small potential effect sizes, and use of...

  6. Short-Term Interventions That Accomplish Humane Education Goals: An International Review of the Research Literature

    | Contributor(s):: Virginio Aguirre, Agustín Orihuela

  7. Children's Attachment to Their Pets: Links to Socio-Emotional Development

    | Contributor(s):: Gail F. Melson, Susan Peet, Cheryl Sparks

  8. The Companion Animal Semantic Differential: Long and Short Form Reliability and Validity

    | Contributor(s):: Robert H. Poresky, Charles Hendrix, Jacob E. Mosier, Marvin L. Samuelson

  9. Confirmatory factor analyses of the children's attitudes and behaviors towards animals scale in two eastern cultural contexts

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    | Contributor(s):: Jessica Wong, David Mellor, Xioayan Xu, Ben Richardson

    The purpose of the present study was to investigate the factor stability of the Children’s Attitudes and Behaviors Towards Animals Scale (CABTA) across two eastern contexts: China and Malaysia. Confirmatory factor analyses (CFAs) were conducted on data collected from 700 Chinese mothers...

  10. Camp Geronimo: Evaluating the Influence of an Animal Assisted Intervention Based Summer Camp on Social Participation in Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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    | Contributor(s):: Joelle Ruggeri

    Research regarding animal assisted intervention (AAI) has found that it can be an effective intervention towards promoting positive social participation in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). A quality improvement project was implemented at The Barn at Spring Brook...

  11. Effects of equine assisted activity on children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: Briana Ciampi, Jeffrey Roy

    Background: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) encompasses a spectrum of disorders which are characterized as having impaired communication skills, social skills and repetitive behaviors or body movements.1,2 Since every individual with ASD presents with different challenges, treatment...

  12. HorsePlay Therapy Center

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    HorsePlay Therapy Center is a not-for-profit therapy organization, located in the heart of St. Augustine, FL, that specializes in serving children with special needs and veterans with PTSD and other life-altering injuries. Our facility is based on the leading national medical therapy model...

  13. Pet loss and continuing bonds in children and adolescents

    | Contributor(s):: Michael Schmidt, Paige E. Naylor, Diana Cohen, Rowena Gomez, James A. Moses Jr, Max Rappoport, Wendy Packman

    There is little research available regarding the impact of pet loss on children. In the current mixed-methods study, we explored the different ways that children use continuing bonds (CB) to cope following the death of a pet. We studied 32 children (5–18 years) and their parents....

  14. The mental health effects of pet death during childhood: is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?

    | Contributor(s):: Katherine M. Crawford, Yiwen Zhu, Kathryn A. Davis, Samantha Ernst, Kristina Jacobsson, Kristen Nishimi, Andrew D.A.C. Smith, Erin C. Dunn

    Pet ownership is common. Growing evidence suggests children form deep emotional attachments to their pets. Yet, little is known about children’s emotional reactions to a pet’s death. The goal of this study was to describe the relationship between experiences of pet death and risk of...

  15. Does Long-term Equine Assisted Learning have an Effect on Childhood Weight Management?

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    | Contributor(s):: HE Battisti, FL Battisti, R McAbee

  16. Paws with a Purpose

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    Founded in 2003, Paws with Purpose (PwP) is a 501(c) non-profit organization that provides highly skilled Assistance Dogs as partners to children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs. These dogs provide comfort and companionship; help to break down social barriers, and...

  17. Horsin Around Recovery Ranch (HARR)

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    HARR's purpose is to enrich and expand the lives of the youth and adults with special needs as well as military families, veterans, and first responders through equine-related activities and therapies.

  18. Animals are People Too: An Ecocritical Exploration of Fantasy in Environmental Children's Literature

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    | Contributor(s):: Dustin James Batty

    This thesis examines the use of fantasy to promote ecological consciousness in environmental children’s literature. The theoretical foundation of my study is ecocriticism, which explores literary representations of humans’ relationship with the nonhuman. Using this theory, I analyse...

  19. Strategies to perform magnetic resonance imaging in infants and young children without sedation

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    | Contributor(s):: Harrington, S. G., Jaimes, C., Weagle, K. M., Greer, M. C., Gee, M. S.

    Given the increasing use of MRI in the pediatric population, the need for sedation in MRI performed in young children is a topic of growing importance. Although sedation is generally tolerated well by children, the financial and operational impacts of anesthesia on MRI workflow, as well as...

  20. Aspects of juvenile and adolescent environment predict aggression and fear in 12-month-old guide dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Serpell, J. A., Duffy, D. L.

    Maturational changes in behavior, and the possible influence of the puppy-raising environment on behavioral development, were investigated in a total sample of 978 prospective guide dogs belonging to four different breeds/crosses. All dogs belonged to the same guide dog organization, and had...