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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.

Historical and Value Perspectives
Historical and value perspectives
Cindy C.WilsonDennis C.Turner

This text challenges us to look beyond our traditional perspectives and reevaluate the field of human-animal interactions. For the past 30 years, much attention has been focused on this term as an all-encompassing rubric for a field of study. What seemingly was a simple relationship with positive outcomes became more complex as researchers and program practitioners evaluated and collected data from various sources. Issues arose that included but were not limited to selection of a conceptual framework, accountability for project or program management, credibility with colleagues and institutions, methodology and design, implementation, evaluation, political implications and impact on professional review, training and training standards, and funding. Other issues relate to the multidisciplinary characteristic of the ...

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