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  1. Pet Attachment and Wellbeing of Older-Aged Recreational Horseback Riders

    Contributor(s):: Schwarzmueller-Erber, G., Maier, M., Kundi, M.

  2. An Experience Sampling Approach to Investigating Associations between Pet Presence and Indicators of Psychological Wellbeing and Mood in Older Australians

    Contributor(s):: Bennett, Pauleen C., Trigg, Joshua L., Godber, Tim, Brown, Cynthia

    In this study we examined associations between pet ownership and presence and indicators of psychological wellbeing in older Australians, using an innovative, experience sampling methodology and a community-living sample of 68 adults, including 41 pet owners, all aged over 65 years. In response...

  3. Enrichment for captive tigers (Panthera tigris): Current knowledge and future directions

    Contributor(s):: Szokalski, Monika S., Litchfield, Carla A., Foster, Wendy K.

    Environmental enrichment is a common approach for addressing stereotypic behaviour in captive animals. Like many big cats, tigers (Panthera tigris) are renowned for their stereotypic pacing, yet relatively little is known about optimal enrichment for this species. Given the large proportion of...

  4. Comparing the relative benefits of grooming-contact and full-contact pairing for laboratory-housed adult female Macaca fascicularis

    Contributor(s):: Lee, Grace H., Thom, Jinhee P., Chu, Katherine L., Crockett, Carolyn M.

    Tactile social contact is the most effective form of environmental enrichment for promoting normal behavior in captive primates. For laboratory macaques housed indoors, pair housing is the most common method for socialization. Pairs can be housed either in full contact (FC), or in protected...

  5. Companion dog acquisition and mental well-being: a community-based three-arm controlled study

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    | Contributor(s):: Powell, L., Edwards, K. M., McGreevy, P., Bauman, A., Podberscek, A., Neilly, B., Sherrington, C., Stamatakis, E.

    Background Dog ownership is suggested to improve mental well-being, although empirical evidence among community dog owners is limited. This study examined changes in human mental well-being following dog acquisition, including four measures: loneliness, positive and negative affect, and...

  6. The impact of disability-assistance animals on the psychological health of workplaces: A systematic review

    | Contributor(s):: Hunter, Caitlin, Verreynne, Martie-Louise, Pachana, Nancy, Harpur, Paul

  7. [An educator's perspective, defusing tensions through mediation and the encounter]

    | Contributor(s):: Rivoire, G.

  8. Acquiring a dog and walking it: a preliminary examination of the possible physical activity and health benefits

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    | Contributor(s):: Nikolina M. Duvall Antonacopoulos, Timothy A. Pychyl

    In light of the detrimental health consequences associated with insufficient physical activity, there is growing concern about the low percentage of adults who are sufficiently active. Given that some researchers have recommended that acquiring a dog should be promoted as a means of increasing...

  9. A systematic review of the efficacy of equine-assisted interventions on psychological outcomes

    | Contributor(s):: Kendall, Elizabeth, Maujean, Annick, Pepping, Christopher A., Downes, Martin, Lakhani, Ali, Byrne, Jason, Macfarlane, Kym

  10. Older lesbian adults’ psychological well-being: The significance of pets

    | Contributor(s):: Putney, Jennifer M.

  11. Pawsitive thinking

  12. A true best friend

  13. Dogs, cats, and morale maintenance: some preliminary data

    | Contributor(s):: Albert, A., Anderson, M.

    "In this paper we present some prelimi-nary data on the contributions of dogs andcats to morale maintenance and positivesocial interaction within the family."

  14. Psychological sequelae of pet loss following Hurricane Katrina

    | Contributor(s):: Hunt, M., Al-Awadi, H., Johnson, M.

    One of the many impacts of natural disasters on the well-being of the humans who experience them is enforced abandonment and loss of companion animals. Hurricane Katrina, which struck the gulf coast of the United States in late August, 2005, was such a disaster. This study assessed the...

  15. Myths used to legitimize the exploitation of animals: an application of Social Dominance Theory

    | Contributor(s):: Hyers, L. L.

    Social Dominance Theory (SDT) is used as a framework for understanding human attitudes towards the use of animals. According to SDT, people high in Social Dominance Orientation (SDO) prefer a hierarchically stratified society and generate "legitimizing myths" to justify their privileges. To...

  16. Relations among need for power, affect and attitudes toward animal cruelty

    | Contributor(s):: Oleson, J. C., Henry, B. C.

    Previous research has investigated the relationship between empathy with humans and attitudes toward animals. Developing a better understanding of this relationship, as well as other related variables, may assist in the prevention of antisocial behavior. The purpose of the current study was to...

  17. Determining the value of social companionship to captive tufted capuchin monkeys ( Cebus apella )

    | Contributor(s):: Dettmer, E., Fragaszy, D.

    The objective of the study is to assess the magnitude of the psychological need for social companionship in pair-housed tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) (six males and 1 female). The classification of commodities as necessities or luxuries are included. The study directly compared the...

  18. Don't fence me in: managing psychological well being for elite performance horses

    | Contributor(s):: Henderson, A. J. Z.

    This article posits that stereotypical behavior patterns and the overall psychological well being of today's performance horse could be substantially enhanced with care that acknowledges the relationship between domesticated horses and their forerunners. Feral horses typically roam in stable,...

  19. Employee reactions and adjustment to euthanasia-related work: identifying turning-point events through retrospective narratives

    | Contributor(s):: Reeve, C. L., Spitzmuller, C., Rogelberg, S. G., Walker, A., Schultz, L., Clark, O.

    This study used a retrospective narrative procedure to examine the critical events that influence reactions and adjustment to euthanasia-related work of 35 employees who have stayed in the animal care and welfare field for at least 2 years. Data were collected at the 2002 Animal Care Expo held in...

  20. Companion animals for elderly women: The importance of attachment

    | Contributor(s):: Chur-Hansen, Anna, Winefield, Helen Russell, Beckwith, Melinda

    Much research exploring the relationship between companion animals and physical and psychological health is quantitative and inconclusive, and inconsistent findings have been reported. In this study, we conducted interviews with 11 elderly women and considered the themes that emerged from the...