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2015 Articles on Children and Animals

Following are articles that deal with the relationship between children and animals, whether real or virtual, published in 2015.


Ahlbäck, P. M. (2015). Amy Ratelle, Animality and Children’s Literature and Film. Barnboken, 38.

Barker, S. B., Knisely, J. S., Schubert, C. M., Green, J. D., & Ameringer, S. (2015). The Effect of an Animal-Assisted Intervention on Anxiety and Pain in Hospitalized Children. Anthrozoös, 28(1), 101-112.

Beetz, A., Winkler, N., Julius, H., UvnäS-Moberg, K., & Kotrschal, K. (2015). A Comparison of Equine-Assisted Intervention and Conventional Play-Based Early Intervention for Mother–Child Dyads with Insecure Attachment. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 8(1), 17-39.

Bergesen, F. J. (2015). The effects of pet facilitated therapy on the self-esteem and socialisation of primary school children (Doctoral dissertation).

Borgi, M., & Cirulli, F. (2015). Attitudes toward Animals among Kindergarten Children: Species Preferences. Anthrozoös, 28(1), 45-59.

Byström, K. M., & Lundqvist Persson, C. A. (2015). The Meaning of Companion Animals for Children and Adolescents with Autism: The Parents’ Perspective. Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals, 28(2), 263-275.

Dibbets, P., Fliek, L., & Meesters, C. (2015). Fear-related confirmation bias in children: a comparison between neutral-and dangerous-looking animals. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 46(3), 418-425.

Dibbets, P., Fliek, L., & Meesters, C. (2015). Fear-related confirmation bias in children: a comparison between neutral-and dangerous-looking animals. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 46(3), 418-425.

Elmacı, D. T., & Cevizci, S. (2015). Dog-Assisted Therapies and Activities in Rehabilitation of Children with Cerebral Palsy and Physical and Mental Disabilities. International journal of environmental research and public health, 12(5), 5046-5060.

Frederick, K. E., Hatz, J. I., & Lanning, B. (2015). Not just horsing around: the impact of equine-assisted learning on levels of hope and depression in at-risk adolescents. Community mental health journal, 1-9.

Gabriels, R. L., Pan, Z., Dechant, B., Agnew, J. A., Brim, N., & Mesibov, G. (2015). Randomized Controlled Trial of Therapeutic Horseback Riding in Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Geerdts, M. S., Van de Walle, G. A., & LoBue, V. (2015). Daily animal exposure and children’s biological concepts. Journal of experimental child psychology, 130, 132-146.

Geerdts, M. S., Van de Walle, G. A., & LoBue, V. (2015). Learning about real animals from anthropomorphic media. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 0276236615611798.

Girardi, A., & Pozzulo, J. D. (2015). Childhood Experiences with Family Pets and Internalizing Symptoms in Early Adulthood. Anthrozoös, 28(3), 421-436.

Grandgeorge, M., Bourreau, Y., Alavi, Z., Lemonnier, E., Tordjman, S., Deleau, M., & Hausberger, M. (2015). Interest towards human, animal and object in children with autism spectrum disorders: an ethological approach at home. European child & adolescent psychiatry, 24(1), 83-93.

Haggerty, H. (2015). How Equine Assisted Therapy Can Improve the Quality of Life for Individuals Diagnosed with Autism, Ages 2-18.

Harper, C. J. (2015). An exploration into the impact of animals as a therapeutic adjunct in education for children with behaviour, emotional and social difficulties: A biophilic philosophy for education (Doctoral dissertation, University of the West of England).

Hartman, C. A., Hageman, T., Williams, J. H., & Ascione, F. R. (2015). Intimate Partner Violence and Animal Abuse in an Immigrant-Rich Sample of Mother–Child Dyads Recruited From Domestic Violence Programs. Journal of interpersonal violence, 0886260515614281.

Hediger, K., Beetz, A., Zinsstag, J., Schelling, E., Waltner-Toews, D., Whittaker, M., & Tanner, M. (2015). The role of human-animal interactions in education. One Health: The Theory and Practice of Integrated Health Approaches, 73.

Hussey, A., & Cowman, D. (2015). The Role of Equine Therapy in an Educational Setting for Visually Impaired Children. Enabling Access for Persons with Visual Impairment, 99.

Jalongo, M. R. (2015). An Attachment Perspective on the Child–Dog Bond: Interdisciplinary and International Research Findings. Early Childhood Education Journal, 1-11.

Kelly, M. A., & Cozzolino, C. A. (2015). Helping at-risk youth overcome trauma and substance abuse through animal-assisted therapy. Contemporary Justice Review, 18(4), 421-434.

Lakestani, N., Aguirre, V., & Orihuela, A. (2015). Farm Animal Welfare and Children. Society & Animals, 23(4), 363-378.

Maharaj, N. (2015). Companion Animals and Vulnerable Youth: Promoting Engagement Between Youth and Professional Service Providers. Journal of Loss and Trauma, (just-accepted).

Marsa-Sambola, F., Muldoon, J., Williams, J., Lawrence, A., Connor, M., & Currie, C. (2015). The Short Attachment to Pets Scale (SAPS) for Children and Young People: Development, Psychometric Qualities and Demographic and Health Associations. Child Indicators Research, 1-21.

McCullough, L., Risley-Curtiss, C., & Rorke, J. (2015). Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy: A Pilot Study of Effect on Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Maltreated Youth. Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 14(2), 158-173.

McDonald, S. E. (2015, January). A Qualitative Study of How Children Experience and Intervene in Threats to and Harm of Companion Animals in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence. In Society for Social Work and Research 19th Annual Conference: The Social and Behavioral Importance of Increased Longevity. Sswr.

McDonald, S. E., Vidacovich, C., Ascione, F. R., Williams, J. H., & Green, K. E. (2015). The Children’s Treatment of Animals Questionnaire: A Rasch Analysis. Anthrozoös, 28(1), 131-144.

McKinney, K. (2015). Trouble in paradise: Viva Piñata, charismatic megafauna and the sour side of gaming with animals. Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds, 7(2), 203-214.

Rakotomamonjy, S. N., Jones, J. P. G., Razafimanahaka, J. H., Ramamonjisoa, B., & Williams, S. J. (2015). The effects of environmental education on children’s and parents’ knowledge and attitudes towards lemurs in rural Madagascar. Animal Conservation, 18(2), 157-166.

Sammet, R., Andres, H., & Dreesmann, D. (2015). Human–Insect Relationships: An ANTless Story? Children’s, Adolescents’, and Young Adults’ Ways of Characterizing Social Insects. Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals, 28(2), 247-261.

Schlegel, J., Breuer, G., & Rupf, R. (2015). Local Insects as Flagship Species to Promote Nature Conservation? A Survey among Primary School Children on Their Attitudes toward Invertebrates. Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals, 28(2), 229-245.

Stefanini, M. C., Martino, A., Allori, P., Galeotti, F., & Tani, F. (2015). The use of Animal-Assisted Therapy in adolescents with acute mental disorders: A randomized controlled study. Complementary therapies in clinical practice, 21(1), 42-46.

Sterneberg-van der Maaten, T., Turner, D., Van Tilburg, J., & Vaarten, J. (2015). Benefits and Risks for People and Livestock of Keeping Companion Animals: Searching for a Healthy Balance. Journal of comparative pathology.

Tardif-Williams, C. Y., & Bosacki, S. L. (2015). Evaluating the Impact of a Humane Education Summer-Camp Program on School-Aged Children’s Relationships with Companion Animals. Anthrozoös, 28(4), 587-600.

Vagnoli, L., Caprilli, S., Vernucci, C., Zagni, S., Mugnai, F., & Messeri, A. (2015). Can presence of a dog reduce pain and distress in children during venipuncture?. Pain management nursing, 16(2), 89-95.

van Vliet, N., Nebesse, C., & Nasi, R. (2015). Bushmeat consumption among rural and urban children from Province Orientale, Democratic Republic of Congo. Oryx, 49(01), 165-174.

Walters, G. D., & Noon, A. (2015). Family context and externalizing correlates of childhood animal cruelty in adjudicated delinquents. Journal of interpersonal violence, 30(8), 1369-1386.

Wedl, M., Kotrschal, K., Julius, H., & Beetz, A. (2015). Children with Avoidant or Disorganized Attachment Relate Differently to a Dog and to Humans During a Socially Stressful Situation. Anthrozoös, 28(4), 601-610.

Wright, H. F., Hall, S., Hames, A., Hardiman, J., Mills, R., Mills, D. S., & PAWS Team. (2015). Acquiring a pet dog significantly reduces stress of primary carers for children with autism spectrum disorder: a prospective case control study. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 1-10.

Wright, H., Hall, S., Hames, A., Hardiman, J., Mills, R., PAWS Project Team, & Mills, D. (2015). Pet dogs improve family functioning and reduce anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorder. Anthrozoös, 28(4), 611-624.

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