General Bibliography: Health Benefits of Animals


• Ahmedzai, S. (1995). Individual quality of life: Companion animals affect categories nominated. Paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Human-Animal Interactions, Geneva.

• Allen, K. M. (1995). Coping with life changes & transitions: The role of pets. Interactions, 13 (3) 5-8.

• Allen, K. M. (2001). Dog ownership and control of borderline hypertension: A contolled randomized trial. Presented at the 22nd Annual Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine in Seattle, WA. March 24, 2001.

• Allen, K. M. & Blascovich J. 1996. Anger and Hostility Among Married Couples: Pet Dogs as Moderators of Cardiovascular reactivity to Stress. (Paper presented at a conference of the American Psychosomatic Society), Psychosomatic Medicine, 58, 59.

• Allen, K. M., Blascovich, J., Tomaka, J. & Kelsey, R. M. (1991). Presence of human friends and pet dogs as moderators of autonomic responses to stress in women. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 61, 582-589.

• Allen, K., B. E. Shykoff, and J. L. Izzo, Jr. (2001). Pet ownership, but not ACE inhibitor therapy blunts home blood pressure response to mental stress. Hypertension, 38, 815-820, 2001.

• Anderson, W. P., Reid, C. M., Jennings, G. L. (1992). Pet ownership and risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Medical Journal of Australia, 157, 298-301.

• Ascione F. R.,. (1992). Enhancing children's attitudes about the humane treatment of animals: Generalization to human-directed empathy. Anthrozoös 5 (3) 176-191.

• Ascione, F. R., Weber, C. V. (1996) Children's attitudes about the humane treatment of animals and empathy: One-year follow up of a school-based intervention. Anthrozoös 9 (4) 188-195.

• Bauman, L., Posner, M, Sachs, K, & Szita, R. (1991) The effects of animal-assisted therapy on communication patterns with chronic schizophrenics. The Latham Letter, 13(4) 3-5+.

• Baun, M. M., Oetting, K. & Bergstrom, N. (1991). Health benefits of companion animals in relation to the physiologic indices of relaxation. Holistic Nursing Practice, 5 (2) 16-23.

• Batson, K., McCabe, B. W., Baun, M. M. and Wilson, C. M. (1998). The effect of a therapy dog on socialization and physiologic indicators of stress in persons diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. In Companion Animals in Human Health. Eds. C. C. Wilson, D. C. Turner, pp. 203-215, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA. (Available from Dogwise.)

• Beck, A. M., Rowan, A. N. (1994). The health benefits of human-animal interactions. Anthrozoös 7 (2), 85-88.

• Bernstein, P., Friedmann, E. Malaspina, A. (1995). Pet programs can provide a novel source of interaction in long-term facilities. In Studies of loneliness, recent research into the effects of companion animals on lonely people, Interactions, 13 (1), 7.

• Bodmer, N. M. (1998). Impact of pet ownership on the well-being of adolescents with few familial resources. In Companion Animals in Human Health. Eds. C. C. Wilson, D. C. Turner, pp. 237-247, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA. (Available from Dogwise.)

• Bryant, B. K. (1995). Animal assisted therapy within the context of daily institutional life. Paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Human-Animal Interactions, Geneva.

• Bulcroft, K. (1990). The benefits of animals to our lives: A four-part review. Part 1. Pets in the American family. People, Animals, Environment, 8 (4), 13-14.

• Bustad, L. K. (1996). Recent discoveries about our relationships with the natural world. In Compassion: Our Last Great Hope, 2nd edition, pp. 115-121, Delta Society, Renton, WA. (Add Compassion: Our Last Great Hope to your shopping cart [$6.00].)

• Carmack, B.J. (1991). The role of companion animals for persons with AIDS/HIV. Holistic Nursing Practice, 5, 24-31.

• Cawley, R., Cawley, D. and Retter, K. (1994). Therapeutic horseback riding and self-concept in adolescents with special educational needs. Anthrozoös, 7 (2) 129-34.

• Cole, K, Gawlinski, A, & Steers, N. (2005) Animal Assisted Therapy Decreases Hemodynamics, Plasma Epinephrine and State Anxiety in Hospitalized Heart Failure Patients. American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2005, Dallas, TX, November 15, 2005.

• Davis, J.H., McCreary J. (1995). The preadolescent/pet friendship bond. Anthrozoös, 8 (2), 78-82.

• Duncan, S. L. (1995). Loneliness: A health hazard of modern times. Interactions, 13 (1), 5-9.

• Eddy, T.J. (1995). Human Cardiac Responses to Familiar Young Chimpanzees. Anthrozoös, 9, (4), 235-243.

• Fick, K.M. (1993). The influence of an animal on social interactions of nursing home residents in a group setting. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 47 (6), 529-534.

• Friedmann, E. & Thomas, S.A. (1995). Pet ownership, social support and one year survival among post-myocardial infarction patients in the cardiac arrhythmia suppression trial (CAST). American Journal of Cardiology 76: 1213-1217.

• Fritz, C. ., Farver, T. B., Kass, P. H., Hart, L. A. (1995). Association with companion animals and the expression of noncognitive symptoms in Alzheimer's patients. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 183 (7).

• Edwards, N. E., Beck, A.M. (2002) Animal-assisted therapy and nutrition in Alzheimer's disease. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 24 (6), 697-712. Displaying tanks of brightly colored fish may curtail disruptive behavior and improve eating habits of individuals with Alzheimer's disease.

• Garrity, T. F., Stallones, L., Marx, M. B. & Johnson, T. P. (1989). Pet ownership and attachment as supportive factors in the health of the elderly. Anthrozoös, 3 (1), 35-44.

• Hansen, K.M., Messinger, C.J., Baun, M.M. & Megel, M. (1999). Companion animals alleviating distress in children. Anthrozoös, 12(3), 142-148.

• Havener, L., Gentes, L., Thaler, B., Megel, M. E., Baun, M. M., Driscoll, F. A., Beiraghi, S., Agrawal, S. (2001). The effects of a companion animal on distress in children undergoing dental procedures. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 24: 137-152.

• Heath, T. D. & McKenry, P. C. (1989) Potential benefits of companion animals for self-care children. Childhood Education, 7(4), 311-314.

• Hesselmar, B,, Aberg, N. Aberg, B., Eriksson, B. & Bjorksten, B. (1999). Does early exposure to cat or dog protect against later allergy development? . Department of Pediatrics, University of Goteborg, Goteborg, Sweden. Clinical Exp Allergy, May; 29(5): 611-7.

• Holcomb, R., Jendro, C., Weber, B., Nahan, U. (1997). Use of an aviary to relieve depression in elderly males. Anthrozoös, 10 (1), 32-36.

• Holcomb, R. & Meacham, R. (1989). Effectiveness of an animal-assisted therapy program in an inpatient psychiatric unit. Anthrozoös, 2 (4) 259-273.

• Hunt, S. J., Hart, L. A. and Gomulkiewicz, R. (1992). The role of small animals in interactions between strangers. Journal of Social Psychology, 132, 245-256.

• Jessen, J., Cardiello, F., & Baun, M. M. (1996). Avian companionship in alleviation of depression, loneliness and low morale of older adults in skilled rehabilitation units. Psychological Reports, 78, 339-348.

• Katcher, A. & Wilkins, G. G. (1994). Helping children with attention-deficit hyperactive and conduct disorders through animal-assisted therapy and education. Interactions, 12 (4), 5-9.

• Lago, D., Delaney, M, Miller, M. & Grill, C. (1989) Companion animals, attitudes toward pets, and health outcomes among the elderly: A long-term follow-up. Anthrozoös 3 (1) 25-34.

• Mallon, G. P. (1994). Cow as co-therapist: Utilization of farm animals as therapeutic aides with children in residential treatment. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, 11 (6), 455-474.

• McLaughlin, C. (1996). Bow-wow, what a difference animal assistance can make. Advance for Physical Therapists, 7 (4), 10-11.

• Melson, G.F. (1990). Pet ownership and attachment in young children: Relations to behavior problems and social competence. Paper presented to the annual meeting of the Delta Society, Houston, TX.

• Melson, G. F. (1998). The role of companion animals in human development. In Companion Animals in Human Health. Eds. C. C. Wilson, D.C. Turner, pp. 219-236, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA. (Available from Dogwise.)

• Montague, J. (1995). Continuing care -back to the garden. Hospitals & Health Networks, 69(17), 58, 60.

• Morrow. V. (1998). My animals and other family: Children's perspectives on their relationships with companion animals. Anthrozoös, 11 (4), 218-226.

• Nagengast, S. L., Baun, M.M., Megel, M. & Leibowitz, J.M. (1997). The effects of the presence of a companion animal on physiological arousal and behavioral distress in children during a physical examination. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 12 (6), 323-330.

• Nielson, J. A. & Delude, L. A. (1994). Pets as adjunct therapists in a residence for former psychiatric patients. Anthrozoös, 7 (3), 166-171.

• New, J. C. (1995). Quality of life of companion animals. Paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Human-Animal Interactions, Geneva.

• Noel de Tilly, J. (1991). Animals and therapy. Veterinary Technician, 12 (6), 455-9.

• Parker, H. (1996). JAMA asks animal-assisted therapy to prove it. News and Analysis, Anthrozoös 8 (4) 244-45.

• Poresky, R. H. (1996) Companion animals and other factors affecting young children's development. Anthrozoös, 9 (4) 159-181.

• Poresky, R. H. & Hendrix, C. (1989). Companion animal bonding, children's home environments and young children's social development. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Kansas City, MI.

• Raina, P., Waltner-Toews, D., Bonnett , B. Woodward, C. & Abernathy, T. (1999). Influence of companion animals on the physical and psychological health of older people: an analysis of a one-year longitudinal study. Journal of Am Geriatr Soc 1999 March; 47(3):323-9.

• Raveis, V.H., Mesagno, F., Karus, D, & Gorey, E. (1993). Pet ownership as a protective factor supporting the emotional well-being of cancer patients and their family members. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Department of Social Work. New York, NY.

• Sable, P. (1995). Pets, attachment, and well-being across the life cycle. Social Work, 40 (3), 334-341.

• Schuelke, S.T., Trask, B, Wallace, C., Baun, M. M., Bergstrom, N. & McCabe, B. (1992). Physiological effects of the use of a companion animal dog as a cue to relaxation in diagnosed hypertenisives. The Latham Letter, 13 (1), 14-17.

• Serpell, J. A. (1991). Beneficial effects of pet ownership on some aspects of human health and behaviour. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 84, 717-720.

• Serpel, J.A. (1990). Evidence for long term effects of pet ownership on human health. In Pets, Benefits and Practice. Waltham Symposium 20, April 19, 1990. Ed.: I.H. Burger, pp. 1-7, BVA Publications.

• Siegel, J. M. (1993). Companion animals: In sickness and in health. Journal of Social Issues, 49, 157-167.

• Siegel J. M. (1990). Stressful life events and use of physician services among the elderly: The moderating role of pet ownership. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 58 (6), 1081-1086.

• Siegel, J.M., Angulo, F.J., Detels, R.,. Wesch, J, & . Mullen, A. (1999). AIDS diagnosis and depression in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study: the ameliorating impact of pet ownership. University of California, Los Angeles, USA. AIDS Care, 11(2) 157-170.

• Stallones, L. (1990). Companion animals and health of the elderly. People, Animals, Environment, 8 (4), 18-19.

• Stallones, L., Marx, M. B., Garrity, T.F. & Johnson, T.P. (1990). Pet ownership and attachment in relation to the health of US adults, 21 to 64 years of age. Anthrozoös, 4 (2), 100-12.

• Taylor, E. (1993). Effects of animals on eye contact and vocalizations of elderly residents in a long term care facility. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 11 (4).

• Triebenbacher, S. L. (1998). The relationship between attachment to companion animals and self-esteem. In Companion Animals in Human Health. Eds. C. C. Wilson, D.C. Turner, pp. 135-148, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA.

• Vidovic, V.V., Stetic, V.V. & Bratko, D. (1999). Pet ownership, type of pet and socio-emotional development of school children. Anthrozoös, 12(4), 211-17.

• Wilson, C. C. (1991). The pet as an anxiolytic intervention. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 179, 482-89.

• Woolverston, M. C. (1991). Reducing children's stress during physical examination by having them play with animals during the procedure. Paper presented at Delta Society's 10th Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

• Zasloff, R.L. & Kidd, A.H. (1994). Loneliness and pet ownership among single women. Psychological Reports, October, 75(2), 747-52.

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