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...
Domestic dogs' understanding of human emotional cues
| Contributor(s):: Min Hooi Yong
Past research has focused on the ability of domestic dogs to recognise human communicative cues such as human pointing, eye gaze, attachment behaviour, social learning, and responses to affective stimuli. However, there is still much to be learned about dogs’ ability to recognise human...
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...
Who Let the Therapy Dogs Out? The Impacts of Therapy Dog Assisted Activites on Undergraduate Students' Perceived Stress Levels
| Contributor(s):: Ashley Ann Asel
This study had two major purposes. The first was to determine if therapy dogs played a significant role in helping students reduce the amount of stress they were experiencing while they were studying for their end of the semester final exams. Research suggests that when individuals are...
Both Ends of the Leash: Pit Bull Ownership and Activism in Atlanta, Georgia
| Contributor(s):: Sarah Goss
This thesis follows and examines the lives of people in Atlanta, Georgia who own and advocate for the controversial group of dog breeds and mixed breeds known as “pit bulls.” The greater meaning of pit bulls within the United States is also considered from a historical and...
Gender-differences in social health concepts. A cross-sectional study on interpersonal stress, social support and companionship with dog: correlations to sleep-problems
| Contributor(s):: Siv Elin Skille
Background and overview: Social ties have profound effects on health and well-being, and men and women are found to differ in the concepts of it. Findings are however somewhat inconclusive on some aspects. This study contributes to existing knowledge about gender-differences in interpersonal...
The Modern Animal
| Contributor(s):: Dwyer, Anne
Does Gender Matter? Human Elephant Conflict in Sri Lanka: A Gendered Analysis of Human Elephant Conflict and Natural Resource Management in a Rural Sri Lankan Village
| Contributor(s):: Katherine Eileen Griffin
This study is a gendered analysis of natural resource management at the local scale of a poor rural Sri Lankan village in a conservation buffer zone. This village experiences destruction of forests and human elephant conflict. The objective of this study is to gain an in-depth knowledge of...
Individual differences and pet ownership status: Distinguishing among different types of pet owners and non-owners
| Contributor(s):: Merrill, Shannon M.
An ethnography of an Idaho farm woman: Embodied knowing and communication
| Contributor(s):: Walker, Robyn Carlea
Attitudes toward pets, pet ownership, age, education level, and gender as predictors of caregiver support for animal-assisted therapy
| Contributor(s):: Beckman, Jennifer Michele
The affective uses of dogs: Pet-keeping in nineteenth-century England and America
| Contributor(s):: Chez, Keridiana W.
Chubby puppies and fat cats: Gendered deviance through overweight pets
| Contributor(s):: Craven, Nena Sechler
Conflict and connection: A theoretical and evaluative study of an equine-assisted psychotherapy program for at-risk and delinquent girls
| Contributor(s):: Foley, Allison Jan
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...
Effects of animal-assisted therapy for responding to passive behavior in elderly nursing home residents with dementia: A single subject design study
| 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...
Literature review and manual: Animal-assisted therapy
| 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...
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...
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.
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...