More Research and Resources on Preventing Youth Violence


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More Research and Resources on Preventing Youth Violence

and the Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy

Pets decrease feeling of loneliness and isolation (Kidd, 1994).

Children exposed to humane education programs display enhanced empathy for humans compared with children not exposed to such programs. (Ascione, 1992).

Positive self-esteem of children is enhanced by owning a pet. (Bergensen, 1989).

Children’s cognitive development can be enhanced by owning a pet. (Poresky, 1988).

70% of families surveyed reported an increase in family happiness and fun subsequent to pet acquisition. (Cain, 1985).

The presence of a dog during a child’s physical examination decreases their stress. (Nadgengast, 1997, Baun, 1998).

Children owning pets are more involved in activities such as sports, hobbies, clubs or chores. (Melson, 1990).

Children exposed to pets during the first year of life have a lower frequency of allergic rhintis and asthma. (Hesselmar, 1999).

Children with autism have more prosocial behaviors less…

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