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  1. A Pet Can Say "You're Special" to a Special Child

    Contributor(s):: Johnson, Jacqueline J.

  2. A preliminary study of group intervention along with basic canine training among traumatized teenagers: a 3-month longitudinal study

    Contributor(s):: Hamama, Liat, Hamama-Raz, Yaira, Dagan, Keren, Greenfeld, Hofit, Rubinstein, Chen, Ben-Ezra, Menachem

  3. Acceptance and rejection of pets and parasocial others cause corresponding changes in the self's perceived relational value

    Contributor(s):: Brown, Christina M., Shilling, Aaron A., Young, Steven G., Berrong, Laura E.

  4. An evaluation of the relationship between self-esteem and pet bonding in children

    Contributor(s):: Pamela L. Evans-Smith

    Obesity has been linked to many physical as well as psychological problems. Many children who are obese suffer from low self-esteem. No studies have been published documenting the effect of owning a dog on the self-esteem of children who are obese. This study used a non-experimental, descriptive,...

  5. An Examination of the Themes of Care, Emotional Intelligence, and the Presence of a Dog in a Classroom

    Contributor(s):: Rogers, Melissa Donn

  6. An Exploration of the Benefits of Animal-Assisted Activities in Undergraduate Students in Singapore

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    | Contributor(s):: Jolene Muckle, Nicola Lasikiewicz

    The rise in psychological problems, attrition and suicide rates of university students has been linked to the stressful challenges faced during university life. To buffer this, Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA) may assist in improving psychological and physiological well-being in students,...

  7. Animal Attractions: Great Reasons to Get a Pet, Plus How to Pick the Right One for Your Family

    | Contributor(s):: Renkl, Margaret

  8. Animal-assisted therapy: a volunteer's perspective

    | Contributor(s):: Jesse Rose Moorhead

    Animal Assisted Therapy is a non-traditional therapy method that has gained recognition in recent years. The literature on the subject is largely provided by professional counselors and licensed social workers. This study investigated the perspectives of the volunteer animal handlers who...

  9. Attitudes toward Animals: The Effect of Priming Thoughts of Human-Animal Similarities and Mortality Salience on the Evaluation of Companion Animals

    | Contributor(s):: Beatson, R., Loughnan, S., Halloran, M.

  10. Barking up the wrong tree: pet therapy in South Africa

    | Contributor(s):: Pevashnee Naidoo

    There exists but one local detailed, documented study by Bergensen (1989) that focused on the effects of pet facilitated therapy on the self-esteem and socialisation of primary school children. In addition, a handful of articles have been published in South African journals. It is rather...

  11. Borrowed Freedom Equine Assisted Therapies and Activities

    Welcome to the Borrowed Freedom Equine Assisted Therapies and Activities program. We are located in Endicott, NY just minutes from most everywhere. We specialize in serving children and adults with special needs that interfere with their self-esteem and self-worth, or their ability to learn,...

  12. Can a week of therapeutic riding make a difference? - A pilot study

    | Contributor(s):: Kaiser, L., Spence, L. J., Lavergne, A. G., Bosch, K. L. vanden

    The objective of this research was to determine the effect of a five-day therapeutic riding day camp on children's anger, quality of life and perceived self-competence. Our study sample involved 16 able-bodied individuals (11+or-4.4. years) with no known physical or psychological disability, and...

  13. Companion animals and human health: an overview

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    | Contributor(s):: A T Edney

    Domestic animals share our environment in a variety of ways. One of these ways is as companions in and around our homes. Although a wide variety of species are kept in households for this purpose, the great majority are dogs and cats. Sharing our environment with such animals has a profound...

  14. Connecting for health: Playing with horses as a therapeutic tool

    | Contributor(s):: Maujean, Annick, Kendall, Elizabeth, Roquet, Lillan, Sharp, Tony, Pringle, Graham

  15. Differences in Self-Esteem Between Cat Owners, Dog Owners, and Individuals Without Pets

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    | Contributor(s):: Claudia Schulz, Hans-Helmut König, André Hajek

  16. Donkey-assisted rehabilitation program for children: a pilot study

    | Contributor(s):: Paola De Rose, Elisabetta Cannas, Patrizia Reinger Cantiello

    Bonding with animals grants access to the sphere of affectivity and facilitates therapeutic engagement. The methodological approach of donkey-assisted programs is based on mediation, which is characterized by multidirectional relationships (patient-donkey-therapist). The donkey is an excellent...

  17. Effects of a Form of Equine-Facilitated Learning on Heart Rate Variability, Immune Function, and Self-Esteem in Older Adults

    | Contributor(s):: Ann L. Baldwin, Barbara K. Rector, Ann C. Alden

    Equine-facilitated learning (EFL) helps people access their immediate sensations and feelings because horses, as prey animals, are continually aware of their environment and provide instant feedback to human behaviors and emotions. We hypothesize that during EFL, older people become more aware...

  18. 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...

  19. Effects of horseback riding on depression and self-esteem in adolescent girls

    | Contributor(s):: Hemenway, Robin

  20. Eficácia da intervenção assistida por animais na autopercepção de saúde, autoestima, sintomas depressivos e qualidade de vida relacionada à saúde em idosos residentes em instituição de longa permanência

    | Contributor(s):: Renata Coelho Freire Batista Queiroz

    O envelhecimento populacional e as mudanças na dinâmica familiar estão levando um número maior de pessoas a residirem em Instituições de Longa Permanência (ILPI), refletindo na qualidade de vida dos idosos. Algumas terapias não medicamentosas...