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  1. A longitudinal test of the belief that companion animal ownership can help reduce loneliness

    Contributor(s):: Gilbey, A., McNicholas, J., Collis, G. M.

    The widely held belief that companion animal ownership can help to reduce loneliness was tested using a quasi-experimental longitudinal design. Over a six-month period, 59 participants completed the UCLA-Loneliness Scale when they were seeking to acquire a companion animal. Participants'...

  2. A Systematic Review of Complimentary Therapies to Treat Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Aftermath of Domestic Abuse

    Contributor(s):: Jordan A. Meeks, Saida Byrami

    Objectives: Explore the impact of intimate partner violence (IPV) on the health of female survivors. Identify complementary therapies that alleviate symptoms of psychological health impacts of IPV on women’s health.Method: An exhaustive search of published, peer reviewed...

  3. 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

  4. A true best friend

  5. 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...

  6. Advances in the study of the relationship between children and their pet dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Filiatre, J. C., Millot, J. L., Montagner, H., Eckerlin, A., Gagnon, A. C.

    We report in this paper data from research carried out in two fields: 1. the study of the characteristics and mechanisms of the spontaneous child-dog interactions and communications in a familiar setting, home and immediate surroundings, for both individuals, and 2. an experimental analysis of...

  7. Ageless allies

    | Contributor(s):: Wolfson, Elissa

  8. 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...

  9. Animal Assisted Therapy and Activities in Alzheimer's Disease

    | Contributor(s):: Sibel Cevizci, Halil Murat Sen, Fahri Gunes, Elif Karaahment

    This book section discusses animal assisted therapy and its effect on chronic diseases like Alzheimer's Disease.

  10. Animal welfare science - working at the interface between the natural and social sciences

    | Contributor(s):: Lund, V., Coleman, G., Gunnarsson, S., Appleby, M. C., Karkinen, K.

    Animal welfare science has pioneered in interdisciplinary work in many ways. However, this work has mainly taken place among researchers from the natural sciences. This paper discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using broad interdisciplinary approaches to scientific animal welfare...

  11. Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) as a therapeutic resource

    | Contributor(s):: Dornelas, K. C. A., Dornelas, O. A. A., Vieira, F. de T.

    The interaction between humans and animals is being examined by the scientific community because the evidence of improved quality of life, especially in cases of therapeutic asylum or sick people. The colleges are the privileged space for the AAT as a therapeutic resource to be analyzed. To learn...

  12. Animals and Us

    | Contributor(s):: Harold Herzog

    Animals and Us focuses on the psychology and ethics of our relationships with members of other species.

  13. Animals' emotions: studies in sheep using appraisal theories

    | Contributor(s):: Veissier, I., Boissy, A., Desire, L., Greiveldinger, L.

    Animal welfare concerns stem from recognition of the fact that animals can experience emotions such as pain or joy. Nevertheless, discussion of animal emotions is often considered anthropomorphic, and there is a clear need to use explanatory frameworks to understand animals' emotions. We borrowed...

  14. Anyone's best friend: A qualitative exploration of the positive influences of animal assisted therapy on mental health and well-being

    | Contributor(s):: Stephanie Wood

    Animal assisted therapy is becoming a widely used alternative psychotherapy. Research has shown animals to have positive influences on the physical, emotional, social and psychological aspects of the human psyche. This study explored the positive influences animal assisted therapies had on mental...

  15. Application of attachment theory to equine-facilitated psychotherapy

    | Contributor(s):: Bachi, Keren

  16. Are women's dogs less stressed and healthier than men's dogs? An investigation in the waiting room of a veterinary hospital

    | Contributor(s):: Boere, V., Scalon, M. C., Wiedemann, G. G. S.

    Dogs are able of discriminate several human behaviors, behaving of corresponding way. Some studies showed that the dogs possess propensities to be more sociable and less stressed when manipulated by women regarding the dogs manipulated by men. We investigated in this study if the dogs accompanied...

  17. Attachment styles impact on pet visitation effectiveness

    | Contributor(s):: Colby, Patrcia M., Sherman, Angela

    Examined the effects of attachment style (secure, anxious-ambivalent, dismissive avoidant, or fearful avoidant) on the subjective well-being of institutionalized older adults participating in a dog visitation program. The participants were 52 residents of an assisted living facility, aged 58-98...

  18. Auswirkungen der Reittherapie auf die psychische Befindlichkeit von Patienten mit neurologischen Erkrankungen [Effects of hippotherapy on the psychological state of patients in neurological rehabilitation]

    | Contributor(s):: Schmidt, Julia, Gomolla, Annette

  19. Availability of and involvement with pets by children: determinants and correlates

    | Contributor(s):: Melson, F. G.

    Determinants of pet ownership and involvement with pets by children from preschool age to preadolescence were assessed from reports of 707 parents. The relationship between pet ownership and involvement with pets and involvement in leisure and work activities by children was also examined. Child...

  20. Awareness in domesticated animals - concepts and definitions

    | Contributor(s):: Piggins, D., Phillips, C. J. C.