School of Health in Social Science

Publications within our five core research areas

Our peer-reviewed publications, official reports & policy briefings within our five core research areas

  • Research briefings that accompany our workshops are provided on the Reflective workshops page.
  • Practitioner-oriented reports (with recommendations for practice) can be found on the Practitioners page.

 

Publications are presented in reverse chronological order (most recent first)

 

Animal welfare education

Muldoon J.C. & Williams J.M. (2021). The challenges & future development of animal welfare education. Animal Welfare, 30(2).

Muldoon J.C. & Williams J.M. (2021). Establishing consensus on the best ways to educate children about animal welfare and prevent harm: an online Delphi study. Animal Welfare, 30(2).

Muldoon J.C. & Williams J.M. (2021). The Animal Welfare Education for Children Toolkit. Children, adolescents and animals research (Caar): University of Edinburgh.

Hawkins, R., Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, & Williams, J. (2019). The development and pilot evaluation of a ‘serious game’ to promote positive child-animal interactions. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 8(2).

Hawkins, R., Mendes Ferreira, G. A. R., & Williams, J. (2019). The development and evaluation of ‘Farm Animal Welfare’ an educational computer game for children. Animals, 9(3). https://doi.org/10.3390/ani9030091

Menor-Campos, D., Hawkins, R., & Williams, J. (2018). Belief in animal mind among Spanish primary school children. Anthrozoos, 31(5), 599-614. https://doi.org/10.1080/08927936.2018.1505340

Hawkins, R., Williams, J., & Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, SSPCA. (2017). Assessing effectiveness of a nonhuman animal welfare education program for Primary School children. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 20(3), 240-256. https://doi.org/10.1080/10888705.2017.1305272

Muldoon, J., Williams, J., & Lawrence, A. (2016). Exploring children’s perspectives on the welfare needs of pet animals. Anthrozoos, 29(3), 357-375. https://doi.org/10.1080/08927936.2016.1181359

Marsa-Sambola, F., Muldoon, J., Williams, J., Lawrence, A., Connor, M., & Currie, C. (2015). The short attachment to Pets Scale (SAPS) for children and young people: Development, psychometric qualities and demographic and health associations. Child Indicators Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12187-015-9303-9

Muldoon, J., Williams, J., Lawrence, A., Lakestani, N., & Currie, C. (2009). Promoting a ‘duty of care’ towards animals among children and young people: A literature review and findings from initial research to inform the development of interventions. Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit, University of Edinburgh. http://randd.defra.gov.uk/Default.aspx?Menu=Menu&Module=More&Location=None&Completed=0&ProjectID=15872#RelatedDocuments

Muldoon, J.C., Williams, J.M., & Lawrence, A. (2012). Evidence Project Final Report: A study to assess how to promote a Duty of Care (DOC) towards animals among children and young people. University of Edinburgh, Defra. http://randd.defra.gov.uk/Default.aspx?Menu=Menu&Module=More&Location=None&Completed=0&ProjectID=15872#RelatedDocuments

 

Children and young people's relationships with animals & nature

Menor-Campos, D., Hawkins, R., & Williams, J. (In press). Attitudes towards animals among Spanish primary school children. Anthrozoos.

Muldoon, J. C., Williams, J., & Currie, C. (2019). Differences in boys’ and girls’ attachment to pets in early-mid adolescence. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 62, 50-58. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2018.12.002

Muldoon, J. C., Williams, J. M., Lawrence, A., & Currie, C. (2019). The nature and psychological impact of child/adolescent attachment to dogs compared with other companion animals. Society & Animals, 27(1), 55-74. https://doi.org/10.1163/15685306-12341579

Marsa-Sambola, F., Williams, J., Muldoon, J., Lawrence, A., Connor, M., & Currie, C. (2017). Quality of life and adolescents’ communication with their significant others (mother, father, and best friend): The mediating effect of attachment to pets. Attachment and Human Development, 19(3), 278-297. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2017.1293702

Hawkins, R., & Williams, J. (2016). Children’s beliefs about animal minds (Child-BAM): Associations with positive and negative child-animal interactions. Anthrozoos, 29(3), 503-519. https://doi.org/http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/08927936.2016.1189749?needAccess=true

Marsa-Sambola, F., Muldoon, J., Williams, J., Lawrence, A. B., M, C., & Currie, C. (2016). Sociodemographics of Pet Ownership among Adolescents in Great Britain: Findings from the HBSC Study in England, Scotland, and Wales. Anthrozoos, 29(4), 559-580. https://doi.org/10.1080/08927936.2016.1228756

Muldoon, J., Williams, J., & Lawrence, A. (2014). ‘Mum cleaned it and I just played with it’: Children’s perceptions of their roles and responsibilities in the care of family pets. Childhood. https://doi.org/10.1177/0907568214524457

Williams, J., Lawrence, A., & Muldoon, J. (2010). Children and their pets: Exploring the relationships between ownership, attitudes, attachment and empathy. Education and Health, 28(1), 12-15.

 

Childhood cruelty to animals

Hawkins, R., Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, SSPCA., & Williams, J. (2019). Children's attitudes towards animal cruelty: Exploration of predictors and socio-demographic variations. Psychology, Crime and Law. https://doi.org/10.1080/1068316X.2019.1652747

Hawkins, R., Hawkins, E., & Williams, J. (2017). Psychological risk factors for childhood nonhuman animal cruelty: A systematic review. Society & animals, 25(3), 280-312. https://doi.org/10.1163/15685306-12341448

Hawkins, R., & Williams, J. (2016). Children’s beliefs about animal minds (Child-BAM): Associations with positive and negative child-animal interactions. Anthrozoos, 29(3), 503-519. https://doi.org/http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/08927936.2016.1189749?needAccess=true

 

Animal-assisted intervention & therapy

Hawkins, E. L., Hawkins, R. D., Dennis, M., Williams, J. M., & Lawrie, S. M. (2019). Animal-assisted therapy for schizophrenia and related disorders: A systematic review. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 115, 51-60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychires.2019.05.013

Hawkins, E., Hawkins, R., Dennis, M., Williams, J., & Lawrie, S. M. (2019). Animal-assisted therapy, including animal-assisted activities and resident animals, for improving quality of life in people with stroke. The Cochrane Library, (4), [CD013314]. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD013314

Harris, A., & Williams, J. M. (2017). The impact of a horse riding intervention on the social functioning of children with autism spectrum disorder. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(7), 1-19. [776]. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14070776

 

Effects of the illegal puppy trade

Muldoon, J.C., Williams, J.M., & Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, SSPCA. (2018). The Impact of the Dog Trade on Canine Welfare: The current situation and recommendations for policy and practice. University of Edinburgh, Scottish SPCA.

Front cover of the briefing paper on the illegal puppy trade, with a photograph of a puppy in a cage

 

Wauthier, L., Williams, J., & Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, SSPCA. (2018). Using the Mini C-BARQ to investigate the effects of puppy farming on dog behaviour. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 206, 75-86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2018.05.024