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  1. Student perceptions of animal use in society

    Contributor(s):: Bennett-Wimbush, K., Amstutz, M. D., Willoughby, D.

    The purpose of this study was to determine the demographic characteristics that affect students' attitudes regarding animal use. Incoming freshman (n=136) completed a 20-question survey (Likert scale 1-5; range 20-100, summed and reported as a composite score) regarding perceptions of animal use,...

  2. Attitudes toward animals: a study of Portuguese children

    Contributor(s):: Almeida, A., Vasconcelos, C., Strecht-Ribeiro, O.

    In this study we analyzed the attitudes toward different animals in 210 Portuguese children: 107 boys and 103 girls, aged between 8 and 10 years, attending the 3rd and 4th years of primary school. We used a questionnaire with two distinct parts. In the first part, the children were asked about...

  3. Dogs' features strongly affect people's feelings and behavior toward them

    Contributor(s):: Gazzano, A., Zilocchi, M., Massoni, E., Mariti, C.

    Dogs are a strong appeal for people. The aim of this research was to assess whether different dog features affect people's feelings and behavior toward them. Three puppies (1 Labrador retriever, 1 golden retriever, and 1 Border collie), 7 average adult dogs (3 small, 2 medium, and 2 large), and 2...

  4. Attitudes toward animals among German children and adolescents

    Contributor(s):: Binngiesser, J., Wilhelm, C., Randler, C.

  5. Pet ownership, dog types and attachment to pets in 9-10 year old children in Liverpool, UK

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    | Contributor(s):: Westgarth, C., Boddy, L. M., Stratton, G., German, A. J., Gaskell, R. M., Coyne, K. P., Bundred, P., McCune, S., Dawson, S.

  6. Childhood cruelty to animals: do mothers' and fathers' reports agree?

    | Contributor(s):: Xu, XiaoYan, Mellor, D., Wong, J.

    This study investigates, for the first time, the concordance between mothers' and fathers' reports of cruelty to animals by their child. Seven hundred parental dyads recruited through schools in Chengdu, China, completed the Chinese version of the Children's Attitudes and Behaviors towards...

  7. The strange animal situation test

    | Contributor(s):: Grandgeorge, M., Deleau, M., Lemonnier, E., Hausberger, M.

    Many tools assess the reactions of humans encountering familiar or unfamiliar partners or environments. Companion animals belong to our everyday environment and influence our lives. Whereas many standardized tools test companion animals' reactions to humans, few evaluate humans' reactions to...

  8. Effects of having pets at home on children's attitudes toward popular and unpopular animals

    | Contributor(s):: Prokop, P., Tunnicliffe, S. D.

    Having pets at home provides various social, health, and educational benefits to children. The question of how keeping pets at home affects the attitudes of children toward wild animals still has not been answered, due to various methodological issues, such as ignorance of some attitude...

  9. Investigating animal abuse: some theoretical and methodological issues

    | Contributor(s):: Pagani, C., Robustelli, F., Ascione, F. R.

    This paper focuses on some basic issues that have been an object of debate in the last few years in the field of human-animal studies, namely the meaning and definition of animal abuse, the methods used to investigate it, and the relation between animal abuse and interpersonal violence. The...

  10. Social and individual components of animal contact in preschool children

    | Contributor(s):: Wedl, M., Kotrschal, K.

    Humans are generally biophilic. Still, for unknown reasons, interest in animals varies substantially among individuals. Our goal was to investigate how differential interest of children towards animals might be related to social competence and personality. We proposed two alternatives: (1)...

  11. The effect of animal-assisted therapy on stress responses in hospitalized children

    | Contributor(s):: Tsai, ChiaChun, Friedmann, E., Thomas, S. A.

    Hospitalization is a major, stressful experience for children. The stress associated with children's hospitalization may lead to negative physiological and psychological sequelae. Pediatric healthcare professionals can develop interventions to decrease children's stress during hospitalization....

  12. The relationship between childhood cruelty to animals and psychological adjustment: a Malaysian study

    | Contributor(s):: Mellor, D., Yeow, J., Norul Hidayah bt, Mamat, Noor Fizlee bt Mohd, Hapidzal

    In Western research, cruelty to animals in childhood has been associated with comorbid conduct problems and with interpersonal violence in later life. However, there is little understanding of the aetiology of cruelty to animals, and what in the child's life may require attention if the chain...