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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.

Models for Measuring Quality of Life: Implications for Human-Animal Interaction Research
Models for measuring quality of life: Implications for human-animal interaction research

This chapter reviews basic concepts in Quality of Life Assessment. It describes the origin of quality of life assessment activities as having originated in a political context serving as an index of the outcome of various social policy programs. Assessment of Quality of Life includes measures of happiness and well being. The chapter also distinguishes between process and outcome measurement in quality of life assessment. Two basic models of quality of life assessment are considered; a cognitive model, which takes into account the fact that the assessment process is an active cognitive process, and the psychometric perspective which assumed that while there may be ...

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