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  1. Interdisciplinary approach of Yalom's group therapy factors: A theoretical model for including animal presence in social work education and practice

    Contributor(s):: Rusu, A. S., Davis, R.

    An increasing number of studies in the field of Social Work (SW) address the incorporation of animal presence in practice and improved understanding of social support and therapeutic components. Education programs on the ethical and practical principles of animal-assisted interventions, including...

  2. Interviews with Indian Animal Shelter Staff: Similarities and Differences in Challenges and Resiliency Factors Compared to Western Counterparts

    Contributor(s):: Srinivasa, Deyvika, Mondal, Rubina, Von Rentzell, Kai Alain, Protopopova, Alexandra

    Animal shelters in India are at the forefront of efforts to improve free-ranging dog welfare and tackle animal overpopulation. In terms of cultural and political context, access to resources, and public health challenges, they operate in a very different environment than Western counterparts....

  3. Qualitative Research for One Health: From Methodological Principles to Impactful Applications

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    | Contributor(s):: Chris Degeling, Melanie Rock

    The One Health concept has inspired a rich vein of applied research and scholarly reflection over the past decade, yet with little influence from qualitative methodologists. With this overview, we describe the underpinning assumptions, purposes, and potential pitfalls of data collection...

  4. Dogs and the Good Life: A Cross-Sectional Study of the Association Between the Dog-Owner Relationship and Owner Mental Wellbeing

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    | Contributor(s):: Merkouri, A., Graham, T. M., O'Haire, M. E., Purewal, R., Westgarth, C.

    Dog ownership is believed to benefit owner wellbeing but, contrary to popular belief, there is limited evidence to suggest that simply owning a dog is associated with improved mental health. This mixed-methods study investigates whether dog owners with stronger relationships with their dogs...

  5. Stakeholders' Perspectives on the Safety of an Adaptive Riding Program for Adults Living with Dementia and Care Partners

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    | Contributor(s):: Alicia A. Oestreich, Beth E. Fields

    The purpose of this qualitative community-based participatory research was to explore the safety perspectives of stakeholders involved in an adaptive horseback riding program designed to enhance the quality of life of adults living with dementia and their care partners. Human–animal...

  6. Effects of a Court-Ordered Service Dog Training Program with U.S. Veterans: A Qualitative Study

    | Contributor(s):: Crowe, Terry, Sanchez, Victoria, Durden, Chardae, Gomez, Margarita Ortega y, Winkle, Melissa, Felice, Jill

  7. Exploring School Staff Perceptions Relating to Animals and Their Involvement in Interventions to Support Mental Health

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    | Contributor(s):: Leos, R. A., Cuccaro, P. M., Herbold, J. R., Hernandez, B. F.

    Given the growing awareness of the health benefits of human-animal interactions, the use of animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) in educational settings has increased over the years. While many school districts are now considering or utilizing AAIs, the literature investigating AAI-related...

  8. Why Do People Want Dogs? A Mixed-Methods Study of Motivations for Dog Acquisition in the United Kingdom

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    | Contributor(s):: Holland, K. E., Mead, R., Casey, R. A., Upjohn, M. M., Christley, R. M.

    With an estimated 12. 5 million dogs in the UK alone, many people acquire a dog at some point during their lives. However, there are gaps in understanding about why UK owners decide to get dogs. Using a mixed-methods convergent design, this study identified the reasoning behind dog acquisition...

  9. From Regulating Emotions to Less Lonely Screen Time: Parents' Qualitative Perspectives of the Benefits and Challenges of Adolescent Pet Companionship

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    | Contributor(s):: Charmaraman, L., Cobas, S., Weed, J., Gu, Q., Kiel, E., Chin, H., Gramajo, A., Mueller, M. K.

    Adolescence is a prime developmental period to explore human-pet relationships, particularly given that teens are often relying less on their families, and more on other attachment figures such as peers and pets. However, most research on pet companionship is conducted with adults and young...

  10. Australian parents' experiences of owning an autism assistance dog

    | Contributor(s):: Appleby, R., Wright, S., Williams, L., Stanley, M.

    Autism assistance dogs (AADs) increase safety for children with autism and their families. Autism assistance dogs can also decrease familial stress and the isolation which families may experience due to fear for their child's safety and judgement from others within the community. Currently there...

  11. The Effects of Bonding with a Canine on Bereavement Following the Loss of a Family Member

    | Contributor(s):: Turab, Mahwish A.

  12. Investigating the Effects of Emotional Support Animals on Mental Health and Wellbeing: A Phenomenological Approach

    | Contributor(s):: Saunders, Alexa

  13. Experiences of People with Multiple Sclerosis and their use of Assistance Dogs: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

    | Contributor(s):: O'Connor, Gráinne Ann

  14. Controlling the Uncontrollable: a Grounded Discursive Study of the Human-Animal Relationship “Captured” in the Rogue Elephant

    | Contributor(s):: Granden, Michelle

  15. Infection Control Insights for Hospital Animal-assisted Intervention Program Implementation: From Stakeholder Perspectives to Microbial Dynamics

    | Contributor(s):: Dalton, Kathryn R.

  16. Changing with the times: A qualitative content analysis of perceptions toward the study and practice of human–animal interactions

    | Contributor(s):: Trevathan-Minnis, Melissa, Schroeder, Katy, Eccles, Emily

  17. Rogue elephants in the news: A cultural-discursive study

    | Contributor(s):: Granden, Michelle

  18. "The connection just happens": Therapists' perspectives of canine-assisted occupational therapy for children on the autism spectrum

    | Contributor(s):: Hill, J. R., Ziviani, J., Driscoll, C.

  19. Human- Animal Interaction to Support Well- Being at University: Experiences of Undergraduate Students in the UK

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    | Contributor(s):: Aliya Khalid, Anne Rogers, Emily Vicary, Helen Brooks

    In the context of increasing concerns about student mental health and the therapeutic value of companion animals for mental health, there is limited understanding of the potential contribution of human- animal interaction in relation to undergraduate well- being. This study aimed to develop an...

  20. Hidden in Plain Sight: Uncovering the Obesogenic Environment Surrounding the UK’s Leisure Horses

    | Contributor(s):: Furtado, Tamzin, Perkins, Elizabeth, Pinchbeck, Gina, McGowan, Cathy, Watkins, Francine, Christley, Robert

    Equine obesity is a major welfare concern in the UK, and the problem is thought to be increasing. Leisure horses are known to be most at risk of obesity, yet despite plenty of conjecture, the reasons for this are unknown. This study, therefore, aimed to establish the social and environmental...