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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 336–339 | Cite as

Additional Evidence is Needed to Recommend Acquiring a Dog to Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Response to Crossman and Kazdin

  • Hannah F. Wright
  • Sophie Hall
  • Daniel S. Mills
Response

We welcome the opportunity to comment on the letter of Crossman and Kazdin (2015) concerning our article “Acquiring a Pet Dog Significantly Reduces Stress of Primary Careers for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Prospective Case Control Study,” (Wright et al. 2015). The authors raise important points about both the scientific paradigms that should be used to make sense of complex problems such as those surrounding human animal interaction (HAI) research, as well as how we make scientific progress in emerging fields. They also highlight how scientific research is represented (or often misrepresented) by others. We thank the authors for recognising that our article moves the “notion of recommending pets to families of children with ASD from the domain of anecdote and intuition into the domain of empirical evidence” and the importance of this. We share some of their concerns, especially those relating to the wild claims of public media based on little, if any, evidence. However,...

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Notes

Author Contributions

All authors have made equal contributions to writing this response.

References

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hannah F. Wright
    • 1
  • Sophie Hall
    • 1
  • Daniel S. Mills
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Life Sciences, Joseph Banks LaboratoriesUniversity of LincolnLincolnUK

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