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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.

The Role of Companion Animals in Human Development
The role of companion animals in human development
Gail F.Melson

This chapter considers the role of companion animals in children's development, with emphasis on how companion animals may affect quality of life for children. Because companion animals must be available to children to exert influence on their development, evidence for availability of companion animals is first reviewed. Then, a framework, derived from existing theories on human development, is applied to examine quality of life in children's development. The framework is used to generate hypotheses about how companion animals might affect children's quality of life. Existing literature is examined as it bears on each of these hypotheses, and directions for future research are suggested. The major goals of this chapter ...

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