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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.

Chapter 9: Blind People and their Dogs: An Empirical Study on Changes in Everyday Life, in Self-Experience, and in Communication

Blind People and their Dogs: An Empirical Study on Changes in Everyday Life, in Self-Experience, and in Communication
Blind people and their dogs: An empirical study on changes in everyday life, in self-experience, and in communication
Melonie C.SteffensReinholdBergler
Abstract

Semistructured interviews lasting 2 to 3 hours were conducted with 80 blind people in Germany, 40 of whom had a guide dog. Content analyses revealed that dependence on others, constant nervous strain, social problems, and communication problems are the primary everyday stress factors of blind people. Social support and the support given by a guide dog are some of the coping strategies that are used in regard to these stress factors. A comparison of the use of mobility canes with the company of a guide dog indicated that those ...

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