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  1. It's Not Just A Dog: The Role of Companion Animals in the Family's Emotional System

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    | Contributor(s):: Cassandra Leow

    Past studies have looked into the role of companion animals in families. This study intended to explore the role of companion animals in the family’s emotional system through the lens of Bowen Family Systems Theory. Data from a study on companion animal loss and grief were used. A...

  2. Negotiating Multi-Species Families: Are Fluffy and Fido Family?

    | Contributor(s):: Workman, Miranda K.

  3. Experiences of People with Multiple Sclerosis and their use of Assistance Dogs: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

    | Contributor(s):: O'Connor, Gráinne Ann

  4. Therapy Dogs in Couple and Family Therapy - A Therapist's Perspective

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    | Contributor(s):: Rachel Hequembourg Policay

    The purpose of this study was to contribute an increased understanding of therapists' experiences working with therapy dogs in couple and family therapy. This qualitative study sought to describe the overall experience of therapists who work with therapy dogs in couple and family therapy,...

  5. Pets in the Family

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    | Contributor(s):: Jason Brown

    Recent cultural shifts have found more people identifying their pets as members of their family. However, little research has examined how families create this identity that pets have. Using narrative performance theory, this study examined the stories that families tell about their pets and...

  6. The Role of the Family Dog in the Preadolescent's Psychosocial Development Relative to Selected Dimensions of the Self-Concept, Sex and Age

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    | Contributor(s):: Janet Haggerty Davis

  7. The Interspecies Family: Attitudes and Narratives

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    | Contributor(s):: Nicole Lynne Owens

    Families are conceptualized and accomplished in increasingly diverse ways in the 21st century. A constructionist framework was utilized to examine a widespread contemporary family form, the interspecies family. This mixed-method approach relied on both quantitative survey data and qualitative...

  8. Parenting a Companion Animal as a Precursor to Parenting a Human Child

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    | Contributor(s):: Kasey A Travitz, Sandra Lookabaugh

    Participants were ten emerging adult (18-29), heterosexual couples who have had a companion animal for at least six months and have no human children. The present study evaluated parenting responsibilities associated with the companion animal including caregiving, expenses, and negotiation....

  9. The Animals in Our Stories: Reading Human-Animal History, Kinship, and Inheritance in Asian Diasporic Literature

    | Contributor(s):: Nandini Thiyagarajan

    This dissertation approaches literary animals in Asian diasporic novels through the concept of drawing close. I am interested in how literary animals can communicate an endeavour to draw animals close, and how literary representations of this closeness imagine normative human-animal relationships...

  10. An evaluation of the relationship between self-esteem and pet bonding in children

    | Contributor(s):: Pamela L. Evans-Smith

    Obesity has been linked to many physical as well as psychological problems. Many children who are obese suffer from low self-esteem. No studies have been published documenting the effect of owning a dog on the self-esteem of children who are obese. This study used a non-experimental, descriptive,...

  11. Critical elements in a residential treatment program curriculum for adolescents experiencing trauma symptoms and/or posttraumatic stress disorder [thesis]

    | Contributor(s):: Gestrin, Deidre N.

  12. Healing partners: The integration of a therapy animal in feminist family therapy

    | Contributor(s):: Rogers, Teresa

    This qualitative Delphi study explored the impact that a therapy animal may have when integrated into a therapy setting with couples and families. Specifically, this study's goal was to understand how the inclusion of a therapy animal impacts the feminist family therapist's ability to develop a...

  13. Functions of pets for young children

    | Contributor(s):: Dorothy C. Payne Mock

    The role or function that dogs and cats fulfill as pets in families with preschool-age children was examined in terms of pet prevalence, their relationship to animal fears, and their association with imaginary companions. The sample consisted of 37 children, three years nine months to five years...

  14. Companion animals and autism: An exploration of their role in the family

    | Contributor(s):: Ulrey, Lindsay Hansen

  15. Effects of a service dog on the families of individuals with spinal cord injuries

    | Contributor(s):: Enger, Kathleen

  16. An exploration of animal abuse in the context of family violence

    | Contributor(s):: Fitzgerald, Amy Jean

  17. Women's health outcomes with social support from family, friends and companion dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Selzer, Bela Joanne

  18. A sociobiological analysis of human-canine attachment in an adult population

    | Contributor(s):: Magrini, Michelle Marie

  19. Tauser Killed Both Dogs and Other Suburban American Family Folklore

    | Contributor(s):: Kristina Whitley Gashler

    This thesis attempts to answer the questions "What purposes do family pets and the narratives we tell about them serve in modern American society?" and "What do these stories tell us about what Americans value and about where we locate our ‘value center’?" In...

  20. The lived experiences of people with physical disabilities who partner with service dogs along with their family members: An interpretive phenomenological analysis of family experiences

    | Contributor(s):: Taylor, Jill Marie