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  1. Girls' Challenge Seeking: How Outdoor Exposure Can Support Girls in Taking Positive Risks

    Contributor(s):: Kallen Tsikalas, Karyn L. Martin

  2. The Perceived Psychosocial Benefits of Pet Ownership on Child Development: A Parental Perspective

    Contributor(s):: Erin K. Leahy

    The purpose of this review is to explore the beneficial role pets play in facilitating the psychosocial development of preadolescent children. It is proposed that the pet is perceived by both the child and parent as a developmental resource during preadolescent development, as it assists the...

  3. An evaluation of the relationship between self-esteem and pet bonding in children

    Contributor(s):: Pamela L. Evans-Smith

    Obesity has been linked to many physical as well as psychological problems. Many children who are obese suffer from low self-esteem. No studies have been published documenting the effect of owning a dog on the self-esteem of children who are obese. This study used a non-experimental, descriptive,...

  4. Equine-assisted psychotherapy: a mental health promotion/intervention modality for children who have experienced intra-family violence

    Contributor(s):: Schultz, Pamela N., Remick-Barlow, Ann, Robbins, Leslie

  5. Barking up the wrong tree: pet therapy in South Africa

    Contributor(s):: Pevashnee Naidoo

    There exists but one local detailed, documented study by Bergensen (1989) that focused on the effects of pet facilitated therapy on the self-esteem and socialisation of primary school children. In addition, a handful of articles have been published in South African journals. It is rather...

  6. Animal Attractions: Great Reasons to Get a Pet, Plus How to Pick the Right One for Your Family

    Contributor(s):: Renkl, Margaret

  7. Pet Parenting

    Contributor(s):: Karlsberg, Elizabeth

  8. The relationship between pet bonding, self-esteem, and empathy in preadolescents

    Contributor(s):: Bierer, Robert Elias

  9. For Parents Particularly. Pet Gifts for Children

    Contributor(s):: O'Brien, Shirley J.

  10. Donkey-assisted rehabilitation program for children: a pilot study

    Contributor(s):: Paola De Rose, Elisabetta Cannas, Patrizia Reinger Cantiello

    Bonding with animals grants access to the sphere of affectivity and facilitates therapeutic engagement. The methodological approach of donkey-assisted programs is based on mediation, which is characterized by multidirectional relationships (patient-donkey-therapist). The donkey is an excellent...

  11. My four children

    Contributor(s):: Panish, Lisa

  12. Playful pooches: Using canine interactions to enhance therapeutic outcomes for children and adolescents

    Contributor(s):: VanFleet, Risë

  13. Human-animal relationship during the early school-age (6-8 y) and the early adolescence (9-14 y)

    Contributor(s):: Satori, A.

    Boris Levinson said that closeness to animals can reduce alienation. This is based on the argument that people and companion animals evolved together. According to Levinson, children's emphathy, self esteem and autonomy could be promoted by having pets. The value of pets in children's lives can...

  14. Can a week of therapeutic riding make a difference? - A pilot study

    Contributor(s):: Kaiser, L., Spence, L. J., Lavergne, A. G., Bosch, K. L. vanden

    The objective of this research was to determine the effect of a five-day therapeutic riding day camp on children's anger, quality of life and perceived self-competence. Our study sample involved 16 able-bodied individuals (11+or-4.4. years) with no known physical or psychological disability, and...

  15. The effects of the presence of a dog in the classroom

    Contributor(s):: Hergovich, A., Monshi, B., Semmler, G., Zieglmayer, V.

    This study examined the effects of the presence of a dog in the classroom on field independence, social competence, empathy with animals and social-emotional atmosphere. The participants were 46 first-graders (43 of them immigrants) of two school classes (control and experimental). In the...