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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.

Quality of Life Outcomes: Psychosocial Aspects of Human-Animal Interactions
Quality of life outcomes: Psychosocial aspects of human-animal interactions
Cindy C.WilsonDennis C.Turner

Variables from two domains of QL (i.e., psychological and sociological) are frequently assessed as outcome markers in QL and HAI studies. In this segment, Collis and McNicholas propose a theoretical basis for health benefits (i.e., QL benefits) by determining whether attachment or social support offers the best means of explaining positive QL outcomes. Also in this context, Keil examines the relationship of attachment, loneliness, and stress in older adults. Her findings in a fairly select sample echo data previously reported (Ory & Goldberg, 1984), which found that older women living in nonrural communities who had close confidants aside from their spouses were most likely to ...

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