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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.

Perspectives on Animal-Assisted Activities and Therapy
Perspectives on animal-assisted activities and therapy
LindaHinesMaureenFredrickson
Abstract

Animal-assisted activities and therapy (AAA/T), initially considered as worthwhile volunteer endeavors, are increasingly accepted as treatment options by the health care community. This chapter reviews reasons for the evolution of the roles of animals in health care facilities and other institutions. These reasons include popularization of studies on how animals affect human health and well-being, definition of the field of AAA/T, training of the animal handlers and health care professionals involved, evaluation and monitoring of therapy animals, development of varied service delivery programs, and documentation of the outcomes.

Popularization of Human-Animal Interaction Studies

Studies published in the 1980s demonstrated that contact with animals was healthy. These studies indicated that pets contributed to a child's development of ...

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