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  1. Dogs, cats, and morale maintenance: some preliminary data

    Contributor(s):: Albert, A., Anderson, M.

    "In this paper we present some prelimi-nary data on the contributions of dogs andcats to morale maintenance and positivesocial interaction within the family."

  2. Myths used to legitimize the exploitation of animals: an application of Social Dominance Theory

    Contributor(s):: Hyers, L. L.

    Social Dominance Theory (SDT) is used as a framework for understanding human attitudes towards the use of animals. According to SDT, people high in Social Dominance Orientation (SDO) prefer a hierarchically stratified society and generate "legitimizing myths" to justify their privileges. To...

  3. Psychological sequelae of pet loss following Hurricane Katrina

    Contributor(s):: Hunt, M., Al-Awadi, H., Johnson, M.

    One of the many impacts of natural disasters on the well-being of the humans who experience them is enforced abandonment and loss of companion animals. Hurricane Katrina, which struck the gulf coast of the United States in late August, 2005, was such a disaster. This study assessed the...

  4. Relations among need for power, affect and attitudes toward animal cruelty

    Contributor(s):: Oleson, J. C., Henry, B. C.

    Previous research has investigated the relationship between empathy with humans and attitudes toward animals. Developing a better understanding of this relationship, as well as other related variables, may assist in the prevention of antisocial behavior. The purpose of the current study was to...

  5. Determining the value of social companionship to captive tufted capuchin monkeys ( Cebus apella )

    Contributor(s):: Dettmer, E., Fragaszy, D.

    The objective of the study is to assess the magnitude of the psychological need for social companionship in pair-housed tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) (six males and 1 female). The classification of commodities as necessities or luxuries are included. The study directly compared the...

  6. Do regulators of animal welfare need to develop a theory of psychological well-being? (Special Issue: Two systems - one world.)

    Contributor(s):: Haynes, R. P.

  7. Vegetarianism, sentimental or ethical?

    Contributor(s):: Deckers, J.

    In this paper, I provide some evidence for the view that a common charge against those who adopt vegetarianism is that they would be sentimental. I argue that this charge is pressed frequently by those who adopt moral absolutism, a position that I reject, before exploring the question if...

  8. Gender differences in owners interacting with pet dogs: an observational study

    Contributor(s):: Prato-Previde, E., Fallani, G., Valsecchi, P.

    Many studies show that people form strong affectional bonds with their dogs, treating them like family members or children. The present study investigates differences between women and men owners during interactions with their dogs, in a situation designed to investigate attachment and, thus, to...

  9. Cognitive bias as an indicator of animal emotion and welfare: emerging evidence and underlying mechanisms. (Special Issue: Animal suffering and welfare.)

    Contributor(s):: Mendl, M., Burman, O. H. P., Parker, R. M. A., Paul, E. S.

    Accurate assessment of animal emotion (affect) is an important goal in animal welfare science, and in areas such as neuroscience and psychopharmacology. Direct measures of conscious emotion are not available, so assessment of animal affect has relied on measures of the behavioural and...

  10. Owner attitudes and dog behaviour problems

    Contributor(s):: O'Farrell, V.

    In the treatment of dog behaviour problems, assessment of the owner's attitude is usually an essential part of the diagnostic process. Questionnaire studies of groups of owners reveal wide variation in both degree and kind of owner attachment. Individual-centred methods such as the Kelly...

  11. Are women's dogs less stressed and healthier than men's dogs? An investigation in the waiting room of a veterinary hospital

    Contributor(s):: Boere, V., Scalon, M. C., Wiedemann, G. G. S.

    Dogs are able of discriminate several human behaviors, behaving of corresponding way. Some studies showed that the dogs possess propensities to be more sociable and less stressed when manipulated by women regarding the dogs manipulated by men. We investigated in this study if the dogs accompanied...

  12. Mental health and therapy mediated by animals: a programme at the Porto Alegre's Center for Psychosocial Care for Children and Adolescents - TAA Part III

    Contributor(s):: Faraco, C. B., Pizzinato, A., Csordas, M. C., Moreira, M. C., Zavaschi, M. L. S., Santos, T., Oliveira, V. L. S. de, Boschetti, F. L., Menti, L. de M.

    The aim of this study was to examine the repercussions of an Animal Assisted Therapy programme among a group of patients at the Center for Psychosocial Care for Childhood and Adolescence at the Hospital de Clinicas of Porto Alegre in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The study focused on the...

  13. The benefits of the Assisted Animal Therapy: a bibliographic review

    Contributor(s):: Pereira, M. J. F., Pereira, L., Ferreira, M. L.

    Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) has been used as one more instrument in the promotion of health and treatment of some diseases. This bibliographic review highlights the benefits derived from AAT. Although the use of animals in therapy has been mentioned since the 19th century, only in 1962 was a...

  14. Therapeutic applications of the human-companion animal bond

    Contributor(s):: Ormerod, E. J., Edney, A. T. B., Foster, S. J., Whyham, M. C.

    Better understanding of the human-companion animal bond (HCAB) has resulted in a number of initiatives to help people with diverse health and social needs. The authors of this article trace the history of the HCAB, and discuss current programmes and key requirements for their success.

  15. Dealing with grief

    Contributor(s):: Moller, H.

    The emotions that pet owners experience during euthanasia and death of their pets and the role of veterinarians in communicating with the owners are discussed.

  16. Pet therapy in the primary school: Results of a practical experience

    Contributor(s):: Pietro, S. di, Giudice, E., Costa, M., Famulari, L., Staropoli, C., Pugliese, A.

    Young people are often bombarded with problems related to growing up. Pets play a major role in inciting human relations and social activities. A pet then becomes a friend, confidant, and playmate to a child. However, a child may not be knowledgeable of the animal's life and its physical...

  17. Loss of pets I

    Contributor(s):: Satori, A.

    This article discusses human reactions towards the death of pets. Euthanasia of animals is also discussed.

  18. Psychological elements of attachment to pets and responses to pet loss

    Contributor(s):: Stern, M.

  19. Role of youth in animal welfare

    Contributor(s):: Katoch, R. C., Shivani, Katoch

  20. Grief over an animal

    Contributor(s):: Durr, U. M.