Send Us Your Favorite Pet Stories: Moral and Developmental Dimensions of Children's Entries in a Newspaper Contest
Authors: Rud Jr., Anthony G.; Beck, Alan M.
Source: Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals, 1 June 1999, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 115-120(6)
Abstract:A content analysis of children's entries in a favorite pet stories contest in a newspaper revealed themes of play and loss, among others. In the 75 entries analyzed, dogs and cats were the most common animals portrayed, and girls slightly outnumbered boys. The authors discuss how the language used in the advertisement may have shaped the stories submitted. The moral dimensions of the stories are analyzed under the themes of care and responsibility. The link between biodiversity and the enhancement of imagination as proposed in the biophilia hypothesis is explored briefly in relation to such contests.
Document Type: Short Communication