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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.

Beyond Health: Extending the Definition of Health to Quality of Life
Beyond health: Extending the definition of health to quality of life
Cindy C.WilsonDennis CTurner

Quality of life (QL) is a multidimensional construct that specifically extends the World Health Organization's (1947) definition of health to consider individuals’ perceptions of their health and well-being, work, and finances. Wilson proposes a QL framework for evaluating potential benefits of human-animal interactions (HAI). Under this rubric, methodological issues are considered and alternative approaches suggested. The strength of this practical approach to measurement is the ability of researchers and program evaluators to use measurement tools with validity and reliability that are available in the literature. A longtime weakness of HAI research has been its propensity to create instruments for each study, ...

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