Human-animal interaction: Exploring the contribution of animals to families of male children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Abbey, Johnathon Edward (2012). Human-animal interaction: Exploring the contribution of animals to families of male children with Autism Spectrum Disorder MPhil Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Abbey, Johnathon Edward
Thesis Title Human-animal interaction: Exploring the contribution of animals to families of male children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2012
Thesis type MPhil Thesis
Supervisor Kate Sofronoff
Nancy Pachana
Total pages 184
Total black and white pages 184
Language eng
Subjects 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
1701 Psychology
Formatted abstract
A case-series analysis was carried out with 10 children aged between five to 13 years of age (M=8.4) from 8 families, to explore the contribution of pet canine-mammals (dogs) to families where there was a child with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The study was qualitative and was thematically interpreted using textual content analysis. The study employed the use of a parent and professional focus group for the development of a semi-structured interview, which was used to interview parents about their experiences of an animal in the family home. Parents also completed the Developmental Behaviour Checklist –Primary Carer Version (DBC-P) to provide information on the functioning of the child. Families in the study were able to describe a range of advantages and disadvantages in relation to the inclusion of animals within families where there is a child with ASD. Qualitative findings concerning parent perceptions are described in terms of the impact of the animal on the child and on the wider family unit. Limitations of the study and suggestions for future research are also discussed.
Keyword Autism
Parents
Human-animal interaction
Animal assistance
Dogs

 
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