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This study focuses on three factors presumed to affect young children's development: their age, the quality of their home environments, and the child-pet relationship. Three sets of analyses are presented: effects associated with pet ownership (pet presence), effects associated with the strength...
The representation of animals on British children's television was investigated by means of content analysis of 364 weekday programs, collected over a two-year period. Animals are a major subject area of children's TV, appearing at a very high rate in fictional and non-fictional programs alike....
Over the last three years we have successfully introduced snakes into group activities of children with disabilities, adolescents with behavior problems, and the elderly in nursing homes. This study presents data on the interaction of these groups with four placid and non-poisonous species of...
This study assessed the maintenance of the effect of a year-long school-based humane education program on fourth grade children's attitudes toward animals. Generalization to human-directed empathy was also measured. Using a pretest-posttest (Year 1) follow-up (Year 2) design and ANCOVA, we found...
This paper is concerned with the interpretation of the behavior of dogs in mentalistic or psychological terms, and questions whether previous experience with pets influences the extent to which such terminology is used. Forty undergraduate psychology students viewed and produced written...
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