How Ethical Ideologies Relate to Public Attitudes Toward Nonhuman Animals: The Japanese Case
Contributor(s):: Su, B. T., Koda, N., Martens, P.
College Students' Experiences of Nonhuman Animal Harm in the United States and The Bahamas
Contributor(s):: Fielding, W., Cronin, T. W., Risley-Curtiss, C.
Dogs on Campus Holistic Assessment of Therapy Dogs and Handlers for Research and Community Initiatives
Contributor(s):: Binfet, J. T., Struik, K.
Animals on Campus and in the Workplace
| Contributor(s):: Ian Allen, Ruth Carlton-Appleton, Brett Lohoefener
Animals on campus are becoming a hot button issue for students, faculty, and staff. Iowa State University staff members Brett Lohoefener (University Counsel), Ian Allen (Student Disability Resources), and Ruth Carlton-Appleton (University Human Resources) will present information on the...
Prevalence of Coursework in Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies at Universities and Colleges in the United States: A Scoping Review
| Contributor(s):: Nina Ekholm Fry, Emily Meszaros & Katie O'Neill
An increasing number of universities and colleges in the United States are offering coursework related to equine-assisted activities or therapies. We conducted a scoping review to determine the prevalence of such coursework at higher education institutions with information on geographic location,...
Experimental trial demonstrates effects of animal-assisted stress prevention program on college students' positive and negative emotion
| Contributor(s):: Patricia Pendry, Alexa M. Carr, Stephanie M. Roeter, Jaymie L. Vandagriff
In response to the growing prevalence of mental health issues among college students, campuses across the nation are implementing animal-assisted stress reduction programs, despite a clear lack of evidence supporting their efficacy. Researchers conducted a randomized controlled trial to determine...
Influence of Biographical Variables and Academic Background on Attitudes towards Animal-Assisted Interventions
| Contributor(s):: J. Lopez-Cepero, M.A. Perea-Mediavilla, J.L. Sarasola, A. Tejada
Over the past two decades, there has been increasing evidence of the benefits of animal-assisted interventions (AAI) among diverse groups and settings. However, little is known of the variables that can affect the attitudes of professionals towards these interventions. Two studies were done...
Benefits of Having a Pet at College: Perception of Today's College Students
| Contributor(s):: Morgan Jenkins
The present literature review examined data from 10 studies that examined the benefits of pet therapy and well-being. Florence Nightingale, a pioneer of nursing, recognized these benefits in the early 1800s when she used animals to provide support to mentally ill patients. Since then, pets, but...
Randomized Trial Examining Effects of Animal Assisted Intervention and Stress Related Symptoms on College Students' Learning and Study Skills
| Contributor(s):: Pendry, P., Carr, A. M., Gee, N. R., Vandagriff, J. L.
The effects of a therapy dog vs mindfulness vs a student advisor on student anxiety and well-being
| Contributor(s):: Spruin, E., Dempster, T., Islam, S., Raybould, I.
Campuses Debate Rising Demands for 'Comfort Animals'
| Contributor(s):: Jan Hoffman
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...
The Effect of Interaction with Therapy Horses on University Students' Perceived Stress Level
| Contributor(s):: Alexa Chapman
This research project investigates how university students are affected by interacting with therapy horses. Stress is the factor that will be evaluated in this particular study. The self-rated stress scores will be acquired from University of Arkansas students both before and after interacting...
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....
The Effects of Canine Assisted Therapy on Emotionally Stressed Undergraduate College Students: A Systematic Review
| Contributor(s):: Mackenzie Hansen
Objective: This systematic review was conducted to review how canine assisted therapy affects emotional stress in undergraduate college students. Methods: Articles were screened on CINAHL and PubMed databases for relationship between canine assisted therapy intervention and emotional stress...
Characteristics of Student– Dog Interaction during a Meet-and-Greet Activity in a University-Based Animal Visitation Program
| Contributor(s):: Pendry, Patricia, Kuzara, Stephanie, Gee, Nancy R.
The use of university-based Animal Visitation Programs (AVPs)—programs aimed at reducing student stress through human–animal interaction (HAI)—has increased. Implementation has expanded despite our limited understanding about program effects on student and animal wellbeing. Moreover, little is...
The Effects of Group-Administered Canine Therapy on University Students’ Wellbeing: A Randomized Controlled Trial
| Contributor(s):: Binfet, John-Tyler
University students with elevated stress levels are at risk for experiencing compromised mental health and for underperforming academically. In an effort to support student wellbeing, post-secondary campuses are increasingly offering canine therapy programs. These programs provide students...
Undergraduate Biology Students’ Interpretations of the Term “Animal”
| Contributor(s):: Bierema, Andrea M. K., Schwartz, Renee S.
Multiple definitions of the term “animal” exist. Definitions include the scientific definition of kingdom Animalia, the human-centered definition that excludes humans, and other definitions, such as only vertebrates or even only mammals. Due to their education background and interests,...
"Take a Paws" with Therapy Dogs and Make it a Howling Success
| Contributor(s):: Peggy A. Pritchard