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Linda Hines & Maureen Fredrickson

In: Companion Animals in Human Health

Chapter 2: Perspectives on Animal-Assisted Activities and Therapy

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Perspectives on Animal-Assisted Activities and Therapy
Perspectives on animal-assisted activities and therapy

Animal-assisted activities and therapy (AAA/T), initially considered as worthwhile volunteer endeavors, are increasingly accepted as treatment options by the health care community. This chapter reviews reasons for the evolution of the roles of animals in health care facilities and other institutions. These reasons include popularization of studies on how animals affect human health and well-being, definition of the field of AAA/T, training of the animal handlers and health care professionals involved, evaluation and monitoring of therapy animals, development of varied service delivery programs, and documentation of the outcomes.

Popularization of Human-Animal Interaction Studies

Studies published in the 1980s demonstrated that contact with animals was healthy. These studies indicated that pets contributed to a child's development of ...

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