Human-Animal Bond / Biophilia / Impact of Pets and Nature
The following is a list of research articles, practice/theoretical articles, and book chapters that pertain to the human-animal bond, biophilia, and the impact of pets and nature. This list was last updated in 2008.
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Baun, M.M., Bergstrom, N., Langston, N.F., & Thoma, L. (1984). Physiological effects of human/companion animal bonding. Nursing Research, 33, 126-129.
Beck, A.M. & Katcher, A.H. (2003). Future directions in human-animal bond research. American Behavioral Scientist, 47(1), 79-93.
Brasic, J.R. (1998). Pets and health. Psychological Reports, 83, 1011-1024.
Catanzaro, T.E. (2003a). Human-animal bond and primary prevention. American Behavioral Scientist, 47(1), 29-30.
Catanzaro, T.E. (2003b). Human-animal bond and secondary prevention. American Behavioral Scientist, 47(1), 40-41.
Cohen, S.P. (2002). Can pets function as family members? Western Journal of Nursing Research, 24(6), 621-638.
Endenburg, N. & Baarda, B. (n.d.). The role of pets in enhancing human well-being: Effects on child development. Reprinted from The Waltham Book of Human-Animal Interactions: Benefits and Responsibilities. Courtesy of Waltham
Freidmann, E., Katcher, A.H., Lynch, J. & Thomas, S.A. (1980). Animal companions and one-year survival of patients after discharge from a coronary care unit. Public Health Reports, 95, 307-312.
Hines, L.M. (2003). Historical perspectives on the human-animal bond. American Behavioral Scientist, 47(1), 7-15.
Ipsos-Reid (2001). Paws and claws: A syndicated study on Canadian pet ownership. Ottawa, ON: Ipsos-Reid.
Johnson, R.A. (2002). Human-animal interaction research as an area of inquiry in nursing. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 24, 713-715.
Johnson, R.A., Meadows, R.L., Haubner, J.S., & Sevedge, K. (2003). Human-animal interaction: A complementary/alternative medical (CAM) intervention for cancer patients.American Behavioral Scientist, 47(1), 55-69.
Kahn, P.H. (1997). Developmental psychology and the biophilia hypothesis: Children’s affiliation with nature. Developmental Review, 17, 1-61.
Katcher, A., Segal, J. & Beck, A. (1984). Contemplation of an aquarium for the reduction of anxiety. In R.K. Anderson, B.L. Hart, & L.A. Hart (eds.), The Pet Connection: Its Influence on Our Health and Quality of Life (171-179). Minneapolis, Minnesota: Center to Study Human-animal Relationships and Environments, University of Minnesota.
Meadows, R.L. (2002). Human-animal interaction research as an area for interdisciplinary collaborative research. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 24(6), 606-608..
Melson, G.F. (2003). Child development and the human-companion animal bond. American Behavioral Scientist, 47(1), 31-39.
Netting, F.E., Wilson, C.C., & New, J.C. (1987, January-February). The human-animal bond: Implications for practice. Social Work, 60-64.
Poresky, R.H. (1996). Companion animals and other factors affecting young children’s development. Anthrozoös, 9(4), 159-168.
Risley-Curtiss, C., Holley, L.C. & Wolf, S. (2006). The human-animal bond and ethnic diversity. Social Work, 51(3), 257-268.
Sable, P. (1995). Pets, attachment, and well-being across the life-cycle. Social Work, 40(3), 334-341.
Serpell, J. (1999). Guest editor’s introduction: Animals in children’s lives. Society and Animals, 7(2), 87-94.
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.
Spence, L.J. & Kaiser, L. (2002). Companion animals and adaptation in chronically ill children. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 24(6), 639-656.
Vormbrock, J.K. & Grossberg, J.M. (1988). Cardiovascular effects of human-pet dog interactions. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 11, 509-517.
Wells, N.M. & Evans, G.W. (2003). Nearby nature: A buffer of life stress among rural children. Environment and Behavior, 35(3), 311-330.
Wilson, C.C. & Barker, S.B. (2003). Challenges in designing human-animal interaction research. American Behavioral Scientist, 47(1), 16-28.
Wood, L., Giles-Corti, B. & Buslara, M. (2005). The pet connection: Pets as a conduit for social capital? Social Science & Medicine, 61, 1159-1173.