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  1. Pawsitive thinking

  2. Animals and Us

    Contributor(s):: Harold Herzog

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

  3. Effects of a Pet Visitation Program on the Psychological Satisfaction, Social Interaction and Self Esteem of Institutionalized Elderly Women

    Contributor(s):: Melva Juanita Bost

    A descriptive study was conducted to determine if a pet visitation program was an effective intervention in promoting psychological satisfaction and improvingsocial interaction and self-esteem of elderly women living in a nursing home. Six subjects, aged 60 to 94 years, participated in this...

  4. 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."

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. Puppies Behind Bars

    Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and explosive detection canines for law enforcement. Puppies enter prison at the age of eight weeks and live with their inmate puppy-raisers for approximately 24 months. As the puppies mature into...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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,...

  12. 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...

  13. Application of attachment theory to equine-facilitated psychotherapy

    Contributor(s):: Bachi, Keren

  14. Relational ecology: A theoretical framework for understanding the human-animal bond

    Contributor(s):: Putney, Jennifer M.

  15. Psych Central: The Truth About Animal-Assisted Therapy

    Contributor(s):: Brandi-Ann Uyemura

    Psych Central features some information about the psychological benefits associated with animal-assisted therapy.  Animals have proven to be quite helpful as an adjunct to a therapeutic process.  Animal-assisted therapy helps individuals develop motor skills, communication skills, and...

  16. Psychologists for the Promotion of Animal Welfare (PAWS)

    The Psychologists for the Promotion of Animal Welfare Interest Group aims to promote and apply psychological knowledge that fosters positive relations between human and non-human animals.

  17. K9 First Responders

    Specialized K9 teams responding to critical incidents assisting in trauma management. Teams are utilized by medical professionals as one aspect of Psychological First Aid. K9FR also coordinates Therapy Dog groups and volunteer dog teams at critical events. Our goal is to simplify the process of...

  18. Healing Hooves Inc.

    At Healing Hooves Inc. the goal is to enhance the lives of people of all ages, who are emotionally, developmentally, physically or psychologically challenged, through the use of equine facilitated psychotherapy.

  19. Terapia mediada por animais e saúde mental: um programa no Centro de Atenção Psicossocial da Infância e Adolescência em Porto Alegre - TAA Parte III

    | Contributor(s):: C.B. Franco, A. Pizzinato, M.C. Moreira, M.L.S. Zavaschi, T. Santos, V.L.S. de Oliveira, F.L. Boschetti, L. De M. Menti

    Portuguese:O objetivo deste estudo foi examinar as repercussões de um programa de terapia mediada por animais junto a um grupo de pacientes do Centro de Atenção Psicossocial da Infância e Adolescência do Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre-RS. Teve como objeto de estu- do as repercussões...

  20. 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.