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  1. Small Pilot Survey on Parents' Perception of the Relationship between Children and Pets

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    | Contributor(s):: Natalia Russo, Diana Vergnano, Domenico Bergero, Liviana Prola

    Since companion animals are taking on more important roles in family life, the aim of this study was to evaluate the perception of parents about the relationship between their children and pets. A number of parents were asked to fill in a questionnaire; the principal topics were: pet ownership,...

  2. It's All Happening at the Zoo: Children's Environmental Learning after School

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    | Contributor(s):: Jason A. Douglas, Cindi Katz

    Pairing dynamic out-of-school-time (OST) programs with zoos can encourage young people's relationships with and sense of responsibility for animals and the environment. The project presented in this article, Animal Rescuers, gave the authors the opportunity to examine how such a pairing can...

  3. Assessing Effectiveness of a Nonhuman Animal Welfare Education Program for Primary School Children

    | Contributor(s):: Hawkins, Roxanne D., Williams, Joanne M., Animals, Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to

    Nonhuman animal welfare education aims to promote positive relationships between children and animals and thus improve animal welfare, yet few scientific evaluations of these programs exist. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of an education program developed by the Scottish Society...

  4. Children’s Welfare Knowledge of and Empathy with Farm Animals: A Qualitative Study

    | Contributor(s):: Burich, Lisbeth, Williams, Joanne M.

    Public concern for farm animal welfare is increasing in the UK, as is evidenced by recent legislation. Calls have been made to enhance awareness of food, farming, and farm animal welfare among school children, yet educators have very little research available to aid meaningful design of farm...

  5. Turning the Page for Spot: The Potential of Therapy Dogs to Support Reading Motivation Among Young Children

    | Contributor(s):: Rousseau, Camille Xinmei, Tardif-Williams, Christine Yvette

    This study investigated whether dogs might facilitate a context conducive to reading for children when they are faced with a challenging reading passage. A within-subjects design was used to assess children’s motivation to read in two conditions: with a therapy dog and without a therapy dog....

  6. Attitudes Toward Animals Among Spanish Primary School Children

    | Contributor(s):: Menor-Campos, David José, Hawkins, Roxanne, Williams, Joanne M.

    Adult attitudes toward animals have received extensive research attention. By contrast, despite the importance of child–animal interactions for children’s development and animal welfare, children’s attitudes toward animals have not been fully explored. The aim of this study was, therefore, to...

  7. Young Children’s Interpretation of Dogs’ Emotions and Their Intentions to Approach Happy, Angry, and Frightened Dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Aldridge, Grace L., Rose, Sarah E.

    The current study aimed to investigate the extent to which young children’s risk of being bitten by a dog is explained by their inability to recognize the dog’s emotion and to behave appropriately around dogs. One hundred and seventeen children, aged 4 to 7 years, were shown 15 images and 15...

  8. Belief in Animal Mind among Spanish Primary School Children

    | Contributor(s):: Menor-Campos, David José, Hawkins, Roxanne, Williams, Joanne

    Beliefs concerning the mental experiences of nonhuman animals have been related to how people treat, see, and take care of nonhuman animals. Whereas this issue has been the subject of several studies on adults, few have been conducted with children. Taking advantage of a recently published scale,...

  9. Children’s Attitudes toward Cats on St. Kitts, West Indies

    | Contributor(s):: Artemiou, Elpida, Conan, Anne, Knobel, Darryn L., Thompson, Randel, Spackman, Claire, Kelly, Patrick J.

    Little is known of the attitudes of Caribbean people toward freeroaming and pet cats, so we conducted a questionnaire survey of primaryschool children aged 5 to 13 years (n = 417, 206 girls and 209 boys, while two questionnaires did not indicate gender) in 23 schools around St. Kitts. Over 50%...

  10. Children’s Opinions about Zoos: A Study of Portuguese and Spanish Pupils

    | Contributor(s):: Almeida, António, Fernández, Beatriz García, Strecht-Ribeiro, Orlando

    In this study, we analyzed the opinions of primary-school children from Portugal and Spain about zoos. The sample consisted of 560 pupils, mean age 11.38 years and in the 6th grade of schooling. For the purpose of this study, a two-part questionnaire was designed. In the first part, children were...

  11. Pet Dogs Improve Family Functioning and Reduce Anxiety in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    | Contributor(s):: Wright, Hannah, Hall, Sophie, Hames, Annette, Hardiman, Jessica, Mills, Richard, Team, Paws Project, Mills, Daniel

    There is increasing evidence to suggest that dogs are beneficial for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in therapy sessions, and anecdotal reports suggest that dogs may have wider benefits, in a family setting. This study investigated the effect of dog ownership on family functioning...

  12. The Children's Treatment of Animals Questionnaire: A Rasch Analysis

    | Contributor(s):: McDonald, Shelby Elaine, Vidacovich, Courtney, Ascione, Frank R., Williams, James Herbert, Green, Kathy E.

    The study of human–animal interactions is limited by a paucity of empirically validated measures of humane treatment of companion animals. The current study reports findings from a psychometric analysis of the Children's treatment of animals Questionnaire (CTAQ; thompson and Gullone 2003), an...

  13. Childhood Experiences with Family Pets and Internalizing Symptoms in Early Adulthood

    | Contributor(s):: Girardi, Alberta, Pozzulo, Joanna D.

    The purpose of this study was to investigate whether childhood experiences with family pets are associated with symptoms of depression and anxiety in early adulthood. Undergraduate students (n=318) responded to an online survey that included questions about bonding with childhood pets, exposure...

  14. Attitudes toward Animals among Kindergarten Children: Species Preferences

    | Contributor(s):: Borgi, Marta, Cirulli, Francesca

    Attitudes toward animals are influenced by both animal traits (e.g., similarity to humans, aesthetic quality, size) and individual human attributes (e.g., gender, age, educational level, cultural factors). Although the examination of children's interest in animals, and their preference for...

  15. The Effect of an Animal-Assisted Intervention on Anxiety and Pain in Hospitalized Children

    | Contributor(s):: Barker, Sandra B., Knisely, Janet S., Schubert, Christine M., Green, Jeffrey D., Ameringer, Suzanne

    Forty children between the ages of 8 and 18 years, who were admitted to a hospital pediatric unit, were randomly assigned to an animal-assisted intervention (AAI) or an active control condition (working on an age-appropriate jigsaw puzzle). Ratings of pain and anxiety were taken both pre- and...

  16. Do children understand man's best friend? Classification of dog barks by pre-adolescents and adults

    | Contributor(s):: Pongrácz, Péter, Molnár, Csaba, Dóka, Antal, Miklósi, Ádám

    Play back experiments compared the ability of children (aged 6, 8, and 10 years) and adults to discriminate dog barks recorded in three different contexts. Participants had to categorize barks according to recording context, and to characterize the inner states of dogs by relating barks to facial...

  17. The role of cultural norms in shaping attitudes towards amphibians in Cape Town, South Africa

    | Contributor(s):: Brom, P., Anderson, P., Channing, A., Underhill, L. G.

    Urban ecosystems are increasingly viewed as an important component within strategies for wildlife conservation but are shaped as much by natural systems as they are by social and political processes. At the garden scale, attitudes and preferences govern design and maintenance choices including...

  18. Canine-assisted occupational therapy for children on the autism spectrum: Parents' perspectives

    | Contributor(s):: Hill, J. R., Ziviani, J., Driscoll, C.

    INTRODUCTION: Canine-assisted therapy is thought to facilitate the engagement of children on the autism spectrum within therapy sessions. There is limited research, however, about how canine-assisted occupational therapy with children on the autism spectrum enhances their engagement in therapy...

  19. Teaching Children and Parents to Understand Dog Signaling

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    | Contributor(s):: Kerstin Meints, Victoria Brelsford, Tiny De Keuster

    Safe human-dog relationships require understanding of dogs’ signaling. As children are at particularly high risk of dog bites, we investigated longitudinally how children from 3 to 5 years and parents perceive and interpret dogs’ distress signaling gestures. All participants were...

  20. Socio-demographic factors associated with pet ownership amongst adolescents from a UK birth cohort

    | Contributor(s):: Purewal, R., Christley, R., Kordas, K., Joinson, C., Meints, K., Gee, N., Westgarth, C.