Animals in Our Lives: Human-Animal Interaction in Family, Community, and Therapeutic Settings / Edition 1

Animals in Our Lives: Human-Animal Interaction in Family, Community, and Therapeutic Settings / Edition 1

by Peggy McCardle
     
 

ISBN-10: 1598571575

ISBN-13: 9781598571578

Pub. Date: 10/01/2010

Publisher: Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company

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

Overview

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--including autism--can benefit from animal therapies
• how animals can strengthen empathy, trust, relationships, and other hallmarks of social competence
• why animal-assisted intervention is valuable for children with mental health issues and physical illnesses
• how animals in classrooms can motivate children to learn and enhance a wide range of developmental skills
• which key factors help ensure ethical HAI practices
• how to reduce risks associated with child--animal interactions, including allergies, bites, and viruses
• why pet ownership can benefit both a child and the whole family 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598571578
Publisher:
Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
926,206
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

About the Editors vii

About the Contributors ix

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction Layla Esposito Peggy McCardle Valerie Maholmes Sandra McCune James A. Griffin 1

I Animals in Our Lives

Buddy-A Girl's Best Friend 9

1 Historical and Cultural Perspectives on Human-Pet Interactions James A. Serpell 11

2 Community Benefits of Human-Animal Interactions…The Ripple Effect Lisa Jane Wood 23

3 Animals and Child Health and Development Alan M. Beck 43

Samantha and the Happy Couple 53

4 Public Health Implications of Pets: Our Own Animals and Those of Others Lynne Haverkos Karyl J. Hurley Sandra McCune Peggy McCardle 55

5 Parents as Armchair Ethologists: Decreasing the Risks of Child-Dog Interactions Patricia B. McConnell 83

II Animals and Therapeutic Intervention

Sal, the Canine Therapist 106

6 Therapeutic Human-Animal Interaction: An Overview Peggy McCardle Sandra McCune F. Ellen Netting Ann Berger Valerie Maholmes 107

7 Animals in the Classroom Nancy R. Gee 117

8 Animal-Assisted Interventions in Child Psychiatry Anke Prothmann Aubrey H. Fine 143

Saint Tonto 163

9 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 Lisa S. Freund Octavia J. Brown Preston R. Buff 165

10 The Roles That Animals Can Play with Individuals with Autism Temple Grandin 183

III Future Research

Leon's Postdoctorate in Human-Animal Interaction 198

11 Research Meets Practice: Issues for Evidence-Based Training in Human-Animal Interaction Kate Trujillo Philip Tedeschi James Herbert Williams 199

12 Challenges to Human-Animal Interaction Research: Methodological Issues and Barriers to Sustainability Roland J. Thorpe James A. Serpell Stephen J. Suomi 217

13 Scientific Research on Human-Animal Interaction: A Framework for Future Studies James A. Griffin Sandra McCune Valerie Maholmes Karyl J. Hurley 227

Index 237

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