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This book sets out to examine how animals affect their companion humans' quality of life. The contributors address human animal interaction (HAI) according to the elements that define quality of life: physical; mental/emotional and social health; functional health; and general well-being. The book will be required reading for all health and social science professionals caring for clients who already have companion animals or for clients who might benefit from such interaction.

Human Growth and Development: Age-Specific Quality of Life Outcomes
Human growth and development: Age-specific quality of life outcomes
Cindy C.WilsonDennis C.Turner

Quality of life (QL) is applicable to all ages, conditions, and abilities. In this section, Melson responds to the call for a theoretical framework for understanding children's development and considers the subjective symptoms, feelings, and well-being relevant to children's ability to meet developmental challenges. She then presents hypotheses against which the literature may be compared with the framework and identifies research gaps.

A more specific assessment of an element of QL (i.e., well-being) is made by Bodmer as she focuses on the relationship of pet ownership and well-being of adolescents who report few familiar resources. Pet owners tended to have higher levels of well-being but also ...

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