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  1. Attitudes of veterinary students in Croatia toward farm animal welfare

    Contributor(s):: Ostovic, M., Mesic, Z., Mikus, T., Matkovic, K., Pavicic, Z.

  2. Pet Bonding and Pet Bereavement Among Adults

    Contributor(s):: Kelli Brosam

    This study was designed to examine the relationship between the intensity of bonding and grief responses among adults following the death of their dogs or cats. Three hypotheses were considered: 1) The strength of the bond between an adult and a pet will predict the intensity of grief following...

  3. A phenomenographic approach to the meaning of death: A Chinese perspective

    Contributor(s):: Yang, Shu Ching, Chen, Shih-Fen

    Investigated qualitative and quantitative differences in Chinese children's concepts of death, as reflected in their drawings, and analyzes this conceptual development as it related to background variables (gender, age, religious belief,and health status). 239 children (aged 8-16 yrs) in 6 grade...

  4. Effects of a trained therapy dog in child-centered play therapy on children's biobehavioral measures of anxiety

    Contributor(s):: Annette L. Athy

    This study was concerned with reducing children’s anticipatory anxiety when entering mental health services for the first time. The purpose of this study was to determine whether combining two effective modalities, play therapy and animal-assisted therapy, would be effective in decreasing...

  5. Effects of animal-assisted therapy for responding to passive behavior in elderly nursing home residents with dementia: A single subject design study

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    | Contributor(s):: Cherie Ann Soprano

    Passive behavior (PB) is a behavioral disturbance that affects 61 to 88 percent of nursing home residents (NHRs) with dementia. PB in persons with dementia (PWD) often leads to such negative consequences as, social isolation, loss of physical functioning, excess disability, and further cognitive...

  6. Human-animal relationships: from daily life to animal-assisted therapies

    | Contributor(s):: Marine Grandgeorge, Martine Hausberger

    Humans have a long history of relationship with domestic animals and nowadays pets often act as "social substitutes" through bonding. There is some evidence that pet presence at home may induce well being in people and the development of social skills in children. Animal assisted therapies aim at...

  7. Literature review and manual: Animal-assisted therapy

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    | Contributor(s):: Mary Louise Cole

    In this paper research of animals in therapy is reviewed and then used to inform a manual on the topic. A history of the field, a discussion of terminology, and a summary of therapies utilizing animals prefaces the review. Key research in animal therapy is reviewed, followed by contemplation of...

  8. Animal-assisted therapy: An adjunctive intervention for reducing depression and anxiety in female college students with physical disabilities and guidelines for implementation into psychotherapy practice and research

    | Contributor(s):: Erin Nicole Armour

    The existing literature has indicated that women with physical disabilities are at greater risk for depression and anxiety compared to men with similar limitations and their able-bodied counterparts (Nosek & Hughes, 2003). In addition to this, female college students with physical...

  9. Assessment of occupational therapists' attitudes and knowledge of animal-assisted therapy

    | Contributor(s):: Robin M. Hightower

    The purpose of this study was to assess the attitudes and knowledge of occupational therapists of animal-assisted therapy.

  10. The mobile workshop: Mobility, technology, and human-animal interaction in Gonarezhou (national park), 1850- present

    | Contributor(s):: Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

    The dissertation investigates the role of mobility in the interactions of people, technology, and nature in Gonarezhou National Park in southeastern Zimbabwe for the last 150 years. It concentrates on the movement of three specific actors. First, it examines the movement of people such as state...

  11. The power of kawaii: Viewing cute images promotes a careful behavior and narrows attentional focus

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    | Contributor(s):: Hiroshi Nittono, Michiko Fukushima, Akihiro Yano, Hiroki Moriya

    Kawaii (a Japanese word meaning ‘‘cute’’) things are popular because they produce positive feelings. However, their effecton behavior remains unclear. In this study, three experiments were conducted to examine the effects of viewing cuteimages on subsequent task performance. In the first...

  12. Does pet arrival trigger prosocial behaviors in individuals with autism?

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    | Contributor(s):: Marine Grandgeorge, Sylvie Tordjman, Alain Lazartigues, Eric Lemonnier, Michel Deleau, Martine Hausberger

    Alteration of social interactions especially prosocial behaviors – an important aspect of development – is one of the characteristics of autistic disorders. Numerous strategies or therapies are used to improve communication skills or at least to reduce social impairments....

  13. Human-animal interactions and animal productivity and welfare

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    | Contributor(s):: Paul H. Hemsworth, Grahame J. Coleman

    In most walks of life humans frequently interact with animals and in many situations these interactions are such that relationships develop between humans and animals. The human–companion animal relationships that are so common in Western society households are an excellent example of the intense...

  14. Gender-specific animal references: Anthropomorphic pandering or quality client communication?

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    | Contributor(s):: Myrna Milani

    Just as a seemingly innocuous remark from a client may signal the existence of a complex problem, a recently published remark from a practitioner pointed out the hazards of the veterinary profession’s somewhat capricious recognition and denial of animal gender as this relates to quality...

  15. Tails of laughter: A pilot study examining the relationship between companion animal guardianship (pet ownership) and laughter

    | Contributor(s):: Valeri, R. M.