Animals in Our Lives Human-Animal Interaction in Family, Community, and Therapeutic Settings

ISBN-10: 1598571575
ISBN-13: 9781598571578
Edition: 2010
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Book details

List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company Incorporated
Publication date: 9/30/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

What do we know about the benefits of human¿animal interaction (HAI)¿and what future research needs to be done to ensure high-quality, evidence-based practices? Find out in this book, a resource that presents the latest research on the positive effects of animal therapies and interactions on child health and development. Gathering contributions from the leading experts in the HAI field, this state-of-the-art research volume is essential for anyone interested in the impact animals have on child development, whether through interaction with pets or through more formal interventions like therapeutic horseback riding or assistance dogs. Program administrators, researchers, and practitioners will explore the current evidence on how children with disabilities can benefit from animal therapies; how animals can strengthen empathy, trust, relationships, and other hallmarks of social competence; which key factors help ensure ethical HAI practices; and more. To help them shape the future of the emerging HAI field, readers will examine the fundamental principles of evidence-based practice, learn how to meet the challenges of designing and sustaining HAI research, and get a framework to use as a starting point for new research studies. Whether used as a text or as a reference for researchers and decision makers (or as a source of information for pet owners and parents), this book will help readers take the first important steps toward ethical, evidence-based HAI practices that really improve child outcomes.

Dhanraj Vishwanath is RCUK (Research Councils UK) Academic Fellow in the School of Psychology at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

About the Editors
About the Contributors
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Animals in Our Lives
Buddy-A Girl's Best Friend
Historical and Cultural Perspectives on Human-Pet Interactions
Community Benefits of Human-Animal Interactions…The Ripple Effect
Animals and Child Health and Development
Samantha and the Happy Couple
Public Health Implications of Pets: Our Own Animals and Those of Others
Parents as Armchair Ethologists: Decreasing the Risks of Child-Dog Interactions
Animals and Therapeutic Intervention
Sal, the Canine Therapist
Therapeutic Human-Animal Interaction: An Overview
Animals in the Classroom
Animal-Assisted Interventions in Child Psychiatry
Saint Tonto
Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapy for Individuals with Physical and Developmental Disabilities: An Overview of Research Findings and the Types of Research Currently Being Conducted
The Roles That Animals Can Play with Individuals with Autism
Future Research
Leon's Postdoctorate in Human-Animal Interaction
Research Meets Practice: Issues for Evidence-Based Training in Human-Animal Interaction
Challenges to Human-Animal Interaction Research: Methodological Issues and Barriers to Sustainability
Scientific Research on Human-Animal Interaction: A Framework for Future Studies
Index

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