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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 Relationship Between Attachment to Companion Animals and Self-Esteem: A Developmental Perspective
The relationship between attachment to companion animals and self-esteem: A developmental perspective
Sandra LookabaughTriebenbacher
Abstract

Developmental differences in the relationship between children's attachment to companion animals and their self-esteem were investigated. Participation in the study was open to any child returning a completed permission form, regardless of current pet ownership. The sample included 436 children (232 boys and 204 girls) in grades 4 through 12; 88% were currently pet owners, and 12% were not pet owners. Only the responses from current pet owners (N = 385) were included in data analysis. Attachment to companion animals was measured using the Companion Animal Bonding Scale developed by Poresky, Hendrix, Mosier, and Samuelson (1987). Global self-esteem was measured using ...

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