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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.

O’Connor, R., Coe, J. B., Niel, L., & Jones-Bitton, A. (2017). Exploratory Study of Adopters’ Concerns Prior to Acquiring Dogs or Cats from Animal Shelters, Society & Animals25(4), 362-383.

Duvall Antonacopoulos, N. M. (2017). A Longitudinal Study of the Relation between Acquiring a Dog and Loneliness, Society & Animals25(4), 319-340.

Dzhambov, A. M. (2017). Park Quality and Elderly Citizens’ Dog-Walking Practices, Society & Animals25(2), 119-143.

Peters, C. S. (2017). Effects of Support Dogs on Eyewitness Anxiety during Questioning, Society & Animals25(2), 105-118.

Levinson, E. M., Vogt, M., Barker, W. F., Jalongo, M., & Van Zandt, P. (2017). Effects of Reading with Adult Tutor/Therapy Dog Teams on Elementary Students’ Reading Achievement and Attitudes, Society & Animals25(1), 38-56.

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 & Animals22(5), 459-480.

Grigore, A. A., & Rusu, A. S. (2014). Interaction with a Therapy Dog Enhances the Effects of Social Story Method in Autistic Children, Society & Animals22(3), 241-261.

Stern, S. L., Donahue, D., Allison, S., Hatch, J. P., Lancaster, C. L., Benson, T. A., Johnson, A. L., Jeffreys, M. D., Pride, D., Moreno, C., & Peterson, A. L. (2013). Potential Benefits of Canine Companionship for Military Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Society & Animals21(6), 568-581.

Stewart, A., & Strickland, O. (2013). A Companion Animal in a Work Simulation: The Roles of Task Difficulty and Prior Companion-Animal Guardianship in State Anxiety, Society & Animals21(3), 249-265.

Duvall Antonacopoulos, N. M., & Pychyl, T. A. (2010). The Possible Role of Companion-Animal Anthropomorphism and Social Support in the Physical and Psychological Health of Dog Guardians. Society & Animals18(4), 379-395.

Talarovičová, A., Olexová, L., & Kršková, L. (2010). Guinea pigs—The “Small Great” Therapist for Autistic Children, or: Do Guinea Pigs Have Positive Effects on Autistic Child Social Behavior?, Society & Animals18(2), 139-151.

Staats, S., Wallace, H., & Anderson, T. (2008). Reasons For Companion Animal Guardianship (Pet Ownership) From Two Populations. Society & Animals, 16(3), 279-291.

Sorge, C. (2008). The Relationship Between Bonding with Nonhuman Animals and Students’ Attitudes Toward Science, Society & Animals16(2), 171-184.

Nicoll, K., Ellery Samuels, W., & Trifone, C. (2008). An In-class, Humane Education Program Can Improve Young Students’ Attitudes Toward Animals, Society & Animals16(1), 45-60.

Bulsara, M., Wood, L., Giles-Corti, B., & Bosch, D. (2007). More Than a Furry Companion: The Ripple Effect of Companion Animals on Neighborhood Interactions and Sense of Community, Society & Animals15(1), 43-56.

Valeri, R. (2006). Tails of Laughter: A Pilot Study Examining the Relationship between Companion Animal Guardianship (Pet Ownership) and Laughter, Society & Animals14(3), 275-293.

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.


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