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Animal-Assisted Therapy and the Family

  • By: Nancy Ellen Richeson
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

The purpose of this entry is to emphasize how animal-assisted therapy (AAT) within health care organizations can contribute to the health and happiness of people with disabilities and illness. A review of the literature highlights how AAT can intervene to treat a variety of diseases, disabilities, and conditions across the life span and an overview of risk management concerns are addressed. Recommendations from the literature on AAT interventions are also highlighted.

Human-Animal Bond

The relationship between humans and animals dates back thousands of years. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, in 2007, more than half of all households in the United States had a pet, with more than 43 million people owning dogs and more than 37 million people owning cats. According to the University of ...

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