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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Judy S. DeLoache

"Very timely . . . showcases some of the many benefits that accrue from widely–varying types of human–animal interactions."
Professor and American Humane Endowed Chair; Executive Director, Institute for Human-Animal Connection, University of De - Frank R. Ascione
"Destined to be a classic . . . A must-read for young scientists and seasoned professionals alike."
Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology and Early Childhood and Family Studies, University of Washington - Brinda Jegatheesan
"Thorough and up-to-date . . . a timely, very important contribution to the growing field of human-animal interaction."
USA Today
February 15, 2011 USA Today Life section
"Autistic Kids Can Connect with Animals"
quotes Dr. Jim Griffin and Temple Grandin
"This is a nicely presented book that deserves a place on the bookshelf of researchers and practitioners working in the field of HAI. It includes several excellent reviews of different areas of HAI practice and research, and several of the contributions present insights to stimulate and direct the next generation of HAI research. Other contributions provide a virtual gold mine of information for parents, educators, and clinicians."
"A variety of notable authors in diverse but related fields present an overview of HAI, including its historical and sociological roots. More important, they show how animals, especially pets, have contributed to human health and wellness: the book includes a good deal of discussion of nonsystematic and unplanned ways animals are used by humans for their benefit."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598571578
  • Publisher: Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 879,095
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Layla Esposito, Ph.D., Health Scientist Administrator, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, 6100 Executive Boulevard, Suite 4B05, Rockville, MD 20852-7510. Dr. Esposito holds a doctoral degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a child psychologist and is currently a project officer at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. In this role, she oversees a portfolio of grants in human–animal interaction (HAI). Her other research interests include socioemotional development and childhood obesity.

Lisa S. Freund, Ph.D., Associate Branch Chief for Neurobiological Research, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, 6100 Executive Boulevard, Suite 4B05, Rockville, MD 20852-7510. Dr. Freund is a developmental neuropsychologist who is known for her neuroimaging studies with children from different clinical populations and was a Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)-supported scientist for several years. She came to the NICHD from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, where she was Associate Professor of Psychiatry. Within the Child Development and Behavior Branch at the NICHD, Dr. Freund is responsible for a multifaceted research and training program to promote investigations, both basic and applied, to gain a deeper understanding of the linkages among genes, the developing brain, and behavior. Dr. Freund is an avid equestrian and has been involved with equine-assisted therapy in her private practice.

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1171. Temple Grandin is Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She is also a person with autism. She is the author of Thinking in Pictures, Animals in Translation, and Animals Make Us Human.

James A. Griffin, Ph.D., Deputy Chief, Child Development and Behavior Branch, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Director, Early Learning and School Readiness Program, 6100 Executive Boulevard, Suite 4B05, Rockville, MD 20852-7510. Dr. Griffin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude in psychology from the University of Cincinnati and a doctoral degree with honors in child clinical psychology from the University of Rochester. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Dr. Griffin's career has focused on research and evaluation efforts related to service systems and early intervention programs designed to enhance the development and school readiness of children from at-risk and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Peggy McCardle, Ph.D., M.P.H., Chief, Child Development and Behavior Branch, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, 6100 Executive Boulevard, Suite 4B05, Rockville, MD 20852-7510. Dr. McCardle has been a classroom teacher and has served as faculty at various universities and as a speech-language pathologist in hospitals and medical centers.

In addition to her duties as Branch Chief, she directs the Language, Bilingualism and Biliteracy Program and developed various branch programs in literacy. She is a co-editor of several volumes and has served as guest editor of thematic journal issues on reading, bilingualism, and English language learner research. She is committed to the importance of ongoing research on child health, development, and learning and to ensuring that important research results are shared with the practice community

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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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