The mental health benefits of having dogs on college campuses
| Contributor(s):: Trenton Adams, Catherine Clark, Victoria Crowell, Kolleen Duffy, Margaret Green, Selena McEwen, Allison Wrape, Frank Hammonds
College can be a stressful time for many, especially those dealing with problems like stress, anxiety, and depression. While colleges and universities typically offer counseling services, many students who could benefit do not take advantage of them. Research suggests that animals may play an...
Exploring the Benefits of Eco-Therapy Based Activities at an Urban Community College
| Contributor(s):: Nicole Kras
Ecotherapy-based experiences have been shown to provide multiple benefits such as improved cognitive functioning (Berman, Jonides, & Kaplan, 2008), increased overall well-being (Calkins, Szmerekovsky, & Biddle, 2007, Howell, Dopko, Passmore, & Buro, 2011) and improved mental and...
Animal Visitation Program (AVP) Reduces Cortisol Levels of University Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial
| Contributor(s):: Patricia Pendry, Jaymie L. Vandagriff
University students report high levels of stress. Although causal work is limited, one popular approach to promote stress relief is animal visitation programs (AVPs). We conducted a randomized trial (N = 249) examining effects of a 10-minute AVP on students’ salivary cortisol levels....
Attitudes toward Animals of Students at Three European Veterinary Medicine Schools in Italy and Spain
| Contributor(s):: Menor-Campos, David J., Diverio, Silvana, Sánchez-Muñoz, Carolina, López-Rodríguez, Rocío, Gazzano, Angelo, Palandri, Lorenzo, Mariti, Chiara
The European Veterinary Code of Conduct recognizes the crucial role of veterinarians in improving animal welfare and maintaining its standards. However, several studies have claimed that veterinary students’ attitudes toward animals may worsen as they progress through their academic training....
Slovenian Students’ Knowledge and Opinions about Wild Boar (Sus Scrofa L.)
| Contributor(s):: Siard, Nataša, Jordan, Dušanka
Wild boar are present almost throughout Slovenia, causing similar problems as in many other countries, mainly damage to agriculture. Dealing with these problems also involves children. The aim of this study was to assess the effects of age, gender, and farm residence on knowledge, attitudes, and...
Student Perceptions of, and Attitudes toward, Bats in Barak Valley, Assam, India
| Contributor(s):: Bhattacharjee, Jayashree, Dutta, Biman Kumar, Bhattacharjee, Parimal Chandra, Singha, Hilloljyoti, Deb, Panna, Dutta, Himangshu, Hussain, Mohommad Miraj
Bats are commonly found all over the world and provide significant ecosystem services. These animals are facing serious threats due to various anthropogenic activities, including hunting. Additionally, bats are often not particularly well liked due to their non-aesthetic characteristics. A...
To a Future Where Everyone Can Walk a Dog Even if They Don't Own One
| Contributor(s):: Chen, E. Y.
2018Front Public Health63492296-2565 (Print)2296-256510.3389/fpubh.2018.00349engDepartment of Psychology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, United States.text
Therapy Dogs in Academic Libraries: A Way to Foster Student Engagement and Mitigate Self-Reported Stress during Finals
| Contributor(s):: Jalongo, Mary Renck, McDevitt, Theresa
Making gains: the impact of outdoor residential experiences on students' examination grades and self-efficacy
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| Contributor(s):: Carol Fuller, Daisy Powell, Simon Fox
In this paper we explore the role of outdoor residential experiences on the sense of efficacy and examination attainment of a group of under achieving students from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. The article reports on a three year project which focuses on two groups of Year 9 (age 14) to...
Exploring the Influence of the ROC Integrated High School Program
| Contributor(s):: Scott Caspell
The Role of Pets in the Lives of College Students: Implications for College Counselors
| Contributor(s):: Aimee C. Adams, Bruce S. Sharkin, Jennifer J. Bottinelli
The roles that pets play in the lives of college students have received little attention in the college counseling literature. This article will review four topics related to college students and pets that have implications for counselors: (a) the separation anxiety that students experience...
University Counseling Centers' Perceptions and Experiences Pertaining to Emotional Support Animals
| Contributor(s):: Kogan, Lori R., Schaefer, Karen, Erdman, Phyllis, Schoenfeld-Tacher, Regina
Increasing numbers of students are requesting accommodations for emotional support animals (ESAs) in higher education settings. Since the legislation pertaining to this type of service animal differs from the laws governing disability service animals, colleges and universities are faced with...
Professional Veterinary Programs' Perceptions and Experiences Pertaining to Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals, and Recommendations for Policy Development
| Contributor(s):: Regina M. Schoenfeld-Tacher, Lori R. Kogan
Study of the levels of human-human and human-animal empathy in veterinary medical students from Chile
| Contributor(s):: Calderon-Amor, J., Luna-Fernandez, D.
Social relationships are based on our ability to put ourselves in the place of others, and from there to react appropriately and logically. This empathic ability can be extended to other species, based on the human ability to develop techniques to understand and communicate with animals. In...
An Exploration of the Benefits of Animal-Assisted Activities in Undergraduate Students in Singapore
| 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,...
Social dominance and legitimizing myths about animal use
| Contributor(s):: Jackson, L. M., Gibbings, A.
The present study tested the hypothesis that the relation between social dominance orientation and the endorsement of legitimizing myths about the human use of nonhuman animals is moderated by the salience of that use. Eighty-two student participants read an article about agriculture that focused...
Animal humanness, animal use, and intention to become ethical vegetarian or ethical vegan
| Contributor(s):: Diaz, E. M.
The present study used relational and predictive approaches to build on past literature examining humanlike animal attributes. From the relational approach, it examined how five humanlike attributes ascribed to animals (Attributes Questionnaire) relate to one another and to attitudes toward 21...
Hounds and homesickness: the effects of an animal-assisted therapeutic intervention for first-year university students
| Contributor(s):: Binfet, J. T., Passmore, H. A.
Transitioning from high school to university can prove to be a for midable challenge for many first-year students, with many experiencing home sickness. Given that students who experience homesickness are more likely than their non-homesick cohorts to drop out of university, universities have a...
A randomized cross-over exploratory study of the effect of visiting therapy dogs on college student stress before final exams
| Contributor(s):: Barker, S. B., Barker, R. T., McCain, N. L., Schubert, C. M.
This exploratory study investigated the effect of visiting therapy dogs on college-student perceived and physiological stress the week prior to final exams. Students (n=78) were randomly assigned to order of a therapy-dog intervention and attention-control condition, each 15 minutes long....
Rural and urban students' perceptions of and attitudes toward brown bears in Turkey
| Contributor(s):: Ambarli, H.
Many studies have examined adults' perceptions of and attitudes toward large carnivores to assess human-wildlife conflict and inform conservation strategies, but there have been few studies concerning children. I studied secondary school students' perceptions of and attitudes toward brown bears...