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  1. A Clinical Practice Change Initiative to Incorporate Animal Assisted Therapy in Advanced Practice Registered Nurses' Clinical Practice for Children and Adolescents

    Contributor(s):: Donna Rae Cowell

    Background: Children and adolescents mental healthcare needs is vital for the future of our nation’s welfare (American Psychology Association, 2014). Research has indicated AAT may be a considerable choice to help with pediatrics mental healthcare and may be utilized as...

  2. A community-based social networking intervention to increase walking in dog owners

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    Contributor(s):: Deirdra Murphy, Cynthia Ferrara, Jessica Oleski, Emily Panza, Laura Bowen, Brianne Bozella, Kimberly Gada, Clara Savage, Stephanie C. Lemon, Kristin L. Schneider

    Roughly 40% of U.S. households own a dog and while dog ownership is associated with greater engagement in physical activity, up to 60% of dog owners do not achieve the recommended 150 minutes of weekly physical activity. The present study aims to develop and test a dog walking intervention...

  3. A comparison of maltreated children and non-maltreated children on their experiences with animals - a Japanese study

    Contributor(s):: Yamazaki, S.

    Recently, studies in the United States, Canada, and Europe have shown that child abuse and animal abuse can coexist in the same household. The implications of these studies are that attention to animal abuse might lead to early detection of, and intervention in, child abuse. Although a promising...

  4. A Meta-Analysis of Interventions to Reduce Loneliness

    Contributor(s):: Masi, C. M., Chen, H. Y., Hawkley, L. C., Cacioppo, J. T.

  5. A new metric for quantifying the relative impact of risk factors on loss of working life illustrated in a population of working dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Caron-Lormier, G., Harvey, N. D., England, G. C. W., Asher, L.

    In a resource-limited world, organisations attempting to reduce the impact of health or behaviour issues need to choose carefully how to allocate resources for the highest overall impact. However, such choices may not always be obvious. Which has the biggest impact? A large change to a small...

  6. A randomized cross-over exploratory study of the effect of visiting therapy dogs on college student stress before final exams

    | Contributor(s):: Barker, S. B., Barker, R. T., McCain, N. L., Schubert, C. M.

    This exploratory study investigated the effect of visiting therapy dogs on college-student perceived and physiological stress the week prior to final exams. Students ( n=78) were randomly assigned to order of a therapy-dog intervention and attention-control condition, each 15 minutes long....

  7. A scoping review of published research on the relinquishment of companion animals

    | Contributor(s):: Coe, J. B., Young, I., Lambert, K., Dysart, L., Borden, L. N., Rajic, A.

    Globally, large populations of companion animals are relinquished each year. The purpose of this scoping review was to identify all published research investigating companion-animal relinquishment to map out and evaluate research gaps, needs, and opportunities. A comprehensive search strategy was...

  8. A thematic analysis of influences on parents' autism intervention decisions

    | Contributor(s):: Wilson, Meghan, Whelan, Thomas, Milne, Lisa, Hamilton, David, Jacobs, Diane, Pilkington, Pamela

  9. A welfare assessment scoring system for working equids—A method for identifying at risk populations and for monitoring progress of welfare enhancement strategies (trialed in Egypt)

    | Contributor(s):: Ali, Ahmed B. A., El Sayed, Mohammed A., Matoock, Mohamed Y., Fouad, Manal A., Heleski, Camie R.

    There are an estimated 112 million horses, donkeys and mules (i.e., working equids) in developing regions of the world. Though their roles are often fundamental to the well-being of the families they work for, their welfare is often severely compromised due to the limited resources and/or...

  10. Acquiring a pet dog significantly reduces stress of primary carers for children with autism spectrum disorder: A prospective case control study

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    | Contributor(s):: Wright, H. F., Hall, S., Hames, A., Hardiman, J., Mills, R., Mills, D. S.

  11. Additional evidence is needed to recommend acquiring a dog to families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A response to Crossman and Kazdin

    | Contributor(s):: Wright, Hannah F., Hall, Sophie, Mills, Daniel S.

  12. Additional evidence is needed to recommend acquiring a dog to families of children with autism spectrum disorder: A response to wright and colleagues

    | Contributor(s):: Crossman, Molly K., Kazdin, Alan E.

  13. Ageless allies

    | Contributor(s):: Wolfson, Elissa

  14. Allergen avoidance does not alter airborne cat allergen levels in classrooms

    | Contributor(s):: Karlsson, A. S., Renström, A., Hedrén, M., Larsson, K.

  15. An analysis of improving student performance through the use of registered therapy dogs serving as motivators for reluctant readers

    | Contributor(s):: Paradise, Julie L.

  16. An animal-assisted therapy intervention with female inmates

    | Contributor(s):: Jasperson, R. A.

  17. An evaluation of dog-assisted therapy for residents of aged care facilities with dementia

    | Contributor(s):: Travers, C., Perkins, J., Rand, J., Bartlett, H., Morton, J.

  18. An examination of changes in oxytocin levels in men and women before and after interaction with a bonded dog

    | Contributor(s):: Miller, S. C., Kennedy, C., DeVoe, D., Hickey, M., Nelson, T., Kogan, L.

    Oxytocin (OT) is a neuropeptide increasingly recognized for its role in bonding, socialization, and stress relief. Previous research has demonstrated participants' OT levels increased after interacting with or petting a dog, suggesting OT is at least partially responsible for the calm, relaxing...

  19. An Exploration of Clinicians' Use of Canine-Assisted Therapy with Child and Adolescent Clients

    | Contributor(s):: Galonski, Lauren

  20. An explorative clinical pilot study into the effect of service dogs on chronic posttraumatic stress disorder

    | Contributor(s):: Galsgaard, Astrid, Eskelund, Kasper