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dc.contributor.advisorJohnson, Rebecca A. (Rebecca Ann)eng
dc.contributor.authorCarlisle, Gretchen K.eng
dc.date.issued2012eng
dc.date.submitted2012 Falleng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on February 21, 2013).eng
dc.descriptionThe entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionDissertation advisor: Dr. Rebecca A. Johnsoneng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionVita.eng
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph. D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2012.eng
dc.description"December 2012"eng
dc.description.abstractThis study compared the social skills of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who lived with dogs and those who did not live with dogs. Interaction with dogs was investigated in this population, along with the attachment of those children who lived with dogs. This cross-sectional, descriptive study was conducted using a telephone survey. Seventy caregivers rated their child using the Social Skills Improvement System Rating Scale, and responded to open-ended questions regarding their child's interaction with dogs. Children living with dogs completed the Companion Animal Bonding Scale. Two-sample t-tests were used for comparison of children with and without dogs. Thematic analysis was used to evaluate the qualitative data. In seven of eight social skill areas, the mean social skill scores of children with dogs were greater than for those without dogs. Eighty-nine percent of parents with dogs described their child as “very attached” and children reported high bonding to their dogs using the CABS. Parents indicated the benefits of dog ownership for their child with ASD were companionship, unconditional love and responsibility opportunities. The findings suggest that dog ownership may be beneficial for some children with ASD.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical referenceseng
dc.format.extentviii, 114 pageseng
dc.identifier.merlinb101907862eng
dc.identifier.oclc864680399eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/16523
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/16523eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations.eng
dc.rightsOpenAccesseng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
dc.subjectautism spectrum disordereng
dc.subjectdog ownershipeng
dc.subjectsocial skillseng
dc.subjectemotional attachmenteng
dc.titlePet dog ownership in families of children with autism : children's social skills and attachment to their dogseng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineNursing (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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