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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.

Could Type a (Coronary Prone) Personality Explain the Association between Pet Ownership and Health?
Could type a (coronary prone) personality explain the association between pet ownership and health?
JuneMcNicholasGlyn M.Collis

Three classes of explanation are identified for the reported associations between pet ownership and advantages for human health: direct causal effects of pet ownership; indirect causal effects mediated, for example, by the influence of pets on the network of human social contacts; and noncausal effects whereby some factors) influence both health and the propensity to own a pet. This study investigates Type A personality as a candidate factor underlying a noncausal explanation. Our hypothesis is that people exhibiting high levels of Type A behavior may be less likely to own a pet because their elevated levels of ...

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