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  1. Social Development of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder During Dog-Assisted Therapy: A Detailed Observational Analysis

    Contributor(s):: Wijker, C., Steen, S. V., Spek, A., Leontjevas, R., Enders-Slegers, M. J.

  2. Measuring the Social, Behavioral, and Academic Effects of Classroom Pets on Third and Fourth-Grade Students

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    Contributor(s):: Amy McCullough, Ashleigh Ruehrdanz, Rachel Garthe, Cynthia Hellman, Marguerite O'Haire

    Limited research has documented the benefits of animals for children's learning and development, with a growing number of elementary school teachers incorporating pets into their classrooms. This study assessed the social, behavioral, and academic effects of the presence of small, resident...

  3. The Development and Pilot Evaluation of a "Serious Game" to Promote Positive Child-Animal Interactions

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    Contributor(s):: Roxanne D. Hawkins, Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Joanne M. Williams

    Animal welfare education aims to nurture compassion, respect and kindness to animals but there remains a need for more rigorous evaluations of such programmes to assess the most effective approaches. Incorporating technology into animal welfare education is a relatively novel field. This study...

  4. The Relationship Between Humane Interactions with Animals, Empathy, and Prosocial Behavior among Children

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    Contributor(s):: Matthew Wice, Namrata Goyal, Nicole Forsyth, Karly Noel, Emanuele Castano

    We investigated the relationship between empathy, prosocial behavior, and frequency of humane interactions with animals among 3rd grade children (n = 158).  We measured the frequency of humane interactions with animals via the Children's Treatment of Animals Questionnaire (Thompson &...

  5. Household Cats and Children's Mental Health

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    Contributor(s):: Moira R. Riley, Bonita Gibb, Anne Gadomski

    Despite household cats being the second most popular household pet in the United States, little is known about how cat ownership affects children's development. Although household cats are generally believed to have a positive effect on adult health there are potential risks and benefits of...

  6. Effects of Pet Dogs for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their Families: Expectations versus Reality

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    Contributor(s):: Hannah Wright, Sophie Hall, Annette Hames, Jessica Hardiman, Aaron Burgess, PAWS Team, Richard Mills, Daniel Mills

    Previous studies have examined the specific benefits of therapy and assistance dogs on children with autism, but until recently only anecdotes existed concerning the benefits of pet dogs. We conducted structured interviews with 40 parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to...

  7. Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy Among Children with Mental Health Disorders

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    | Contributor(s):: Alysa Amelio

    Background: Mental health illness is on the rise amongst children in the United States. Research is still underway about alternative forms of therapy to provide to this vulnerable population. One of the alternative therapies utilized is Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT). Objectives: The...

  8. Psychological factors underpinning child-animal relationships and preventing animal cruelty

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    | Contributor(s):: Roxanne D. Hawkins

    Despite a growing increase in popularity of human-animal interaction research, there remains a lack of understanding of the reasons why children are cruel to animals and whether early intervention is effective in preventing cruelty and neglect. The aims of this thesis were to deepen our...

  9. The ability to recognize dog emotions depends on the cultural milieu in which we grow up

    | Contributor(s):: Amici, F., Waterman, J., Kellermann, C. M., Karimullah, K., Bräuer, J.

  10. Changes in behavioural synchrony during dog-assisted therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder and children with Down syndrome

    | Contributor(s):: Griffioen, R. E., van der Steen, S., Verheggen, T., Enders-Slegers, M. J., Cox, R.

  11. La thérapie assistée par l'animal : une aide alternative pour les enfants souffrant d'un trouble déficitaire de l'attention avec hyperactivité?

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    | Contributor(s):: Nathalie Gagnon

    Ce mémoire a pour objectif d'évaluer les effets de l'interaction avec un chien sur les comportements d'enfants souffrant de trouble déficitaire de l'attention avec hyperactivité (TDAH). Pour ce faire, 6 enfants âgés de 7 à 10 ans...

  12. Association between Pet Ownership and Obesity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

    | Contributor(s):: Miyake, K., Kito, K., Kotemori, A., Sasaki, K., Yamamoto, J., Otagiri, Y., Nagasawa, M., Kuze-Arata, S., Mogi, K., Kikusui, T., Ishihara, J.

  13. Considering Family Dog Attachment Bonds: Do Dog-Parent Attachments Predict Dog-Child Attachment Outcomes in Animal-Assisted Interventions?

    | Contributor(s):: Wanser, S. H., Simpson, A. C., MacDonald, M., Udell, M. A. R.

  14. Pets Are Associated with Fewer Peer Problems and Emotional Symptoms, and Better Prosocial Behavior: Findings from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children

    | Contributor(s):: Christian, H., Mitrou, F., Cunneen, R., Zubrick, S. R.

  15. The effect of equine-assisted therapies on behavioural, psychological and physical symptoms for children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder: A systematic review

    | Contributor(s):: White, E., Zippel, J., Kumar, S.

  16. Teenage dogs? Evidence for adolescent-phase conflict behaviour and an association between attachment to humans and pubertal timing in the domestic dog

    | Contributor(s):: Asher, L., England, G. C. W., Sommerville, R., Harvey, N. D.

  17. Share Reading Dogs Program

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    Share Reading Dogs Program aims to motivate and encourage students with difficulty reading. Share (Special Human-Animal Relationships in Education) involves a dog and its handler working with students in need of extra help with their reading class.

  18. Do the type of walking surface and the horse speed during hippotherapy modify the dynamics of sitting postural control in children with cerebral palsy?

    | Contributor(s):: Flores, F. M., Dagnese, F., Copetti, F.

  19. Curriculum-Based Animal-Assisted Therapy in an Acute Outpatient Mental Health Setting

    | Contributor(s):: Kashden, J., Lincoln, C. R., Finn-Stevenson, M.

  20. Animal-assisted activity improves social behaviors in psychiatrically hospitalized youth with autism

    | Contributor(s):: Germone, M. M., Gabriels, R. L., Guérin, N. A., Pan, Z., Banks, T., O'Haire, M. E.