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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.

Impact of Pet Ownership on the Weil-Being of Adolescents with Few Familial Resources
Impact of pet ownership on the weil-being of adolescents with few familial resources
Noncy M.Bodmer

This study focuses on the relationship between pet ownership and well-being of adolescents who report few familial resources. The sample of 752 Swiss adolescents aged between 12 and 16 years (girls and boys were equally represented) contained 405 adolescent pet owners. The impact of pet ownership, demographics (i.e., sex, age, living place, and socioeconomic status), and familial resources (i.e., family climate, daily presence of family members, and amount of leisure time spent with the family) on well-being were evaluated.

Initially, demographic characteristics of pet owners were compared with those of nonowners. Then, the impact of pet ownership on familial resources ...

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