"Calm or Chaos" : assessing the human-animal bond and its relationship in our lives.
Contributor(s):: Joanna Keegan
The aim of this study was to assess the human-animal bond and investigate the benefits animals have on our lives. The sample consisted of 135 pet owners, of which 45 were males and 90 were females. Quantitative analysis was used as the research method for this study. The findings indicated that...
"Freedom from themselves" gendered mechanisms of control, power, and resistance in prison dog training programs
Contributor(s):: Andrea Button
During the past twenty-five years, the number of prison programs in which inmates train dogs has increased rapidly. A lack of systematic studies to address the effects of these programs on staff and inmates has led to limited, anecdotal accounts of the impact of these programs on correctional...
"Hevonen ei ole minulle urheiluväline, se on arjen terapeutti" : Materiaalipaketti Pihlavan Tallille
Contributor(s):: Mira Kostamo
Toiminnallinen opinnäytetyö on toteutettu Pihlavan Tallille. Pihlavan Talli on Suomen Ratsastajainliiton hyväksymä ja valvoma ratsastustalli Kiihtelysvaarassa, Joensuussa. Ratsastustuntien ja – leirien lisäksi talli toteuttaa kuntouttavaa hevostoimintaa eli...
"My Baby is a Dog": Exploration of Pet Parent Identity
Contributor(s):: Lacey Y. Boston, Barbara Keating (adviser)
This quantitative research examined dog owners (n = 100) regarding their relationship with their pets. After beginning to treat her own dog as a child she questioned what happens when a human child enters a family and what impact that has on the pet owners' identity. The researcher...
"No Pets Allowed" and other stories
Contributor(s):: Swann, Vincent P.
"Not just a dog": an attachment perspective on relationships with assistance dogs
| Contributor(s):: Kwong, Marilyn Joanne, Kim Bartholomew
I explored individuals’ relationships with an assistance dog and their experiences of loss from an attachment-theory perspective. I used a hybrid process of inductive and deductive thematic methods to analyze semi-structured interviews with 25 participants. These analyses revealed genuine...
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...
A companion animal in a simulated work setting : the roles of task difficulty and pet ownership on stress reduction
| Contributor(s):: Anna Hall Stewart
The benefits of human-animal interactions have been explored in the literature, documenting positive physiological and psychological outcomes for humans. This experiment sought to extend research in this area by studying three variables that have never been examined together...
A Comparative investigation of the effects of companion animals during conjugal bereavement (PETS)
| Contributor(s):: Bolin, Sharon Elaine
A confirmatory factor analysis of the Lexington attachment to pets scale
| Contributor(s):: Tracy Leigh Zaparanick
The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which the word “pet” provided valid results in the Lexington Attachment to Pets Scale (LAPS) (Johnson, Garrity, & Stallones, 1992). A multiple-groups confirmatory factor analysis, using maximum likelihood (ML) estimation, was conducted to...
A focused ethnographic study of women in recovery from alcohol abuse
| Contributor(s):: Robbins, Leslie K.
A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of the Child-Dog Relationship in Healthy Weight and Overweight/Obese Children
| Contributor(s):: Deborah Linder
A narrative exploration of the meaning of companion animals throughout the lives of non-institutionalized elderly widows living alone
| Contributor(s):: Teresa Angela Stokowski
The purpose of this study was to explore the meaning of companion animals throughout the lives of non-institutionalized elderly widows living alone. Three widows ranging in age from 70 to 85 were recruited from friends and acquaintances for participation in this study. The meaning of companion...
A Parental Perspective: The Role of Companion Animals for Children During Separation and Divorce
| Contributor(s):: Jessica Michel
Children grow up in interdependent family systems, where transitions affect all members. A prevalent transition in Australian families is divorce. When divorce occurs children are exposed to significant risk factors that have the potential of affecting many developmental outcomes. However,...
A Perspective from Pet Owners toward the Development in Pet Supplies Industry
| Contributor(s):: Chen Chunsheng
From the 1950s onwards, pets were generally obtained by picking up, sheltering, donating or adoption, until the 1950s, the phenomenon of pet commodity trading began on the market, and the pet was never a commodity to a "exchange value" generation. According to the statistics of the COA,...
A Powerful Approach or the Power of Horses: Is Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy an Effective Technique or the Natural Effect of Horses?
| Contributor(s):: Jessica S. Iwachiw
The lives of humans and animals have been intertwined through time immemorial, and in many instances the relationship between humans and animals has been thought to be good for human well-being. As such, it is not surprising that treatments for a wide range of ailments, from physical to...
A Reference Tool for Occupational Therapists to Utilize when Planning Occupation-Based Interventions Using Animal-Assisted Therapy
| Contributor(s):: Jennifer L. Hamre, Kathryn E. Nagorka
The purpose of this scholarly project was to develop a reference tool for occupational therapists to implement an animal-assisted therapy (AAT) program utilizing small animals in preparatory, purposeful, and occupation-based interventions. A thorough literature review was completed using...
A Research Framework for the Geographic Study of Exotic Pet Mammals in the USA
| Contributor(s):: Gabrielle C. Tegeder
Exotic animals are not well-represented in geographic studies, even in the emerging sub-field of animal geography. With the dearth of exotic animal studies, and the relevance of exotic pets in the public consciousness and in the news, a basic, introductory study such as this is necessary to begin...
A review and synthesis of dog cognition research : the world from a dog's point of view
| Contributor(s):: Miles Kuiling Bensky
Driven by both applied and theoretical goals, scientific interest in canine cognition has experienced a rapid surge in popularity, especially over the last 15 years (Morell, 2009). Here we provide the most comprehensive review to date of dog cognition research, capturing all the articles (285) we...
A study of ethologic and therapeutic factors of pet-faciliated therapy ina retirement-nursing community
| Contributor(s):: Andrysco, Robert Michael