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Articles on the Benefits of Animals to Humans

This is a collection of summaries of articles on the benefits of animals to humans from Society & AnimalsSociety & Animals is an academic journal that publishes studies that describe and analyze our experiences of non-human animals from the perspective of various disciplines within both the social sciences and humanities. To get access to the back issues of Society & Animals, please join as a Scholar or Professional Member.

Antonacopoulos, N. M. D. (2014). A Longitudinal Study of the Relation between Acquiring a Dog and Loneliness. Society & Animals, 25(4), 319-340.

Levinson, E. M., Vogt, M., Barker, W. F., Jalongo, M. R., & Van Zandt, P. (2017). Effects of Reading with Adult Tutor/Therapy Dog Teams on Elementary Students’ Reading Achievement and Attitudes. Society & Animals, 25(1).

Dzhambov, A. M. (2017). Park Quality and Elderly Citizens’ Dog-Walking Practices. society & animals, 25(2), 119-143.

O’Connor, R., Coe, J. B., Niel, L., & Jones-Bitton, A. (2014). Exploratory Study of Adopters’ Concerns Prior to Acquiring Dogs or Cats from Animal Shelters. Society & Animals, 25(4), 362-383.

Peters, C. S. (2017). Effects of Support Dogs on Eyewitness Anxiety during Questioning. Society & Animals, 25(2), 105-118.

Antonacopoulos, N. M., Pychyl, T.A. (2014). An Examination of the Possible Benefits for Well-Being Arising from the Social Interactions That Occur while Dog Walking. Society and Animals 22,  459-480.

Budge, R. C., Spicer, J., Jones, B., & George, R. S. (1998). Correlates of Compatibility and Attachment in Human-Companion Animal Relationships.
Society & Animals, 6(3), 219-234.
Staats, S., Wallace, H., & Anderson, T. (2008). Reasons For Companion Animal Guardianship (Pet Ownership) From Two PopulationsSociety & Animals, 16(3), 279-291.

Antonacopoulos, N.M.D. and Psychyl, T.A. (2010). The Possible Role of Companion-Animal Anthropomorphism and Social Support in the Physical and Psychological Health of Dog GuardiansSociety and Animals 18, 2010, 379-395.

More Than a Furry Companion: The Ripple Effect of Companion Animals on Neighborhood Interactions and Sense of Community. Lisa J. Wood; Billie Giles-Corti; Max K. Bulsara; Darcy A. Bosch.

Potential Benefits of Canine Companionship for Military Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Stephen L. Stern; D. Allen Donahue; Sybil Allison; John P. Hatch; Cynthia L. Lancaster; Trisha A. Benson; Allegro L. Johnson; Matthew D. Jeffreys; Denise Pride; Carlos Moreno and Alan L. Peterson.

A Companion Animal in a Work Simulation: The Roles of Task Difficulty and Prior Companion-Animal Guardianship in State Anxiety. Anna Stewart; Oriel Strickland.

Interaction with a Therapy Dog Enhances the Effects of Social Story Method in Autistic Children. Andreea A. Grigore and Alina S. Rusu.

Guinea pigs—The “Small Great” Therapist for Autistic Children, or: Do Guinea Pigs Have Positive Effects on Autistic Child Social Behavior?. Lucia Kršková; Alžbeta Talarovičová; Lucia Olexová.

An In-Class, Humane Education Program Can Improve Young Students’ Attitudes Toward Animals. Kate Nicoll; Cindy Trifone; William Ellery Samuels.

The Relationship Between Bonding With Nonhuman Animals And Students’ Attitudes Toward Science. Carmen Sorge.

Tails of Laughter: A Pilot Study Examining the Relationship between Companion Animal Guardianship (Pet Ownership) and Laughter. Valeri, Robin Maria.


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