How Animals Affect Us: Examining the Influence of Human-Animal Interaction on Child Development and Human Health

How Animals Affect Us: Examining the Influence of Human-Animal Interaction on Child Development and Human Health

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Overview

From infancy through old age, many people's lives are enriched by the love of a pet. In addition, both volunteer and trained service animals are an increasingly common sight as they participate in hospital, school, and nursing home visitation and therapeutic programs. Yet, there has been little scientific research on the role that pets and therapeutic animals play in our health and development. While animal-assisted therapies appear promising, they often lack solid evidence of effectiveness. More research is therefore needed to understand the effects of human-animal interaction (HAI) and to optimize the value of this interaction. The findings in this volume deepen our understanding of human and animal behavior, including the impact that pets can have on children's development and the efficacy of animal-assisted therapies. This volume first addresses HAI research methodology, including recommended research designs, terminology, and topics for further exploration. It then summarizes the progress of HAI research in child development and human health, including how young children think about animals, links between children's early abuse of animals and later conduct disorders, the association between pet ownership and better health, and whether such health improvements result in health cost savings. The volume ends with a detailed agenda for future research. With its interdisciplinary approach, this book will appeal to a wide range of researchers and practitioners interested in what happens when people meet and engage with animals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433808654
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 10/15/2010
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors xi

Foreword Mark T. Greenberg xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Human-Animal Interaction Research: An Introduction to Issues and Topics James A. Griffin Sandra McCune Valerie Maholmes Karyl Hurley 3

I Methodology 11

Chapter 1 Principles for Human-Animal Interaction Research Gail F. Melson 13

Chapter 2 Establishing the Effectiveness of Animal-Assisted Therapies: Methodological Standards, Issues, and Strategies Alan E. Kazdin 35

Chapter 3 Promises and Pitfalls of Hormone Research in Human-Animal Interaction Kerstin Uvnäs-Moberg Linda Handlin Maria Petersson 53

II Human-Animal Interaction and Child Development 83

Chapter 4 How Very Young Children Think About Animals Judy S. DeLoache Megan Bloom Pickard Vanessa LoBue 85

Chapter 5 The Other Side of the Bond: Domestic Dogs' Human-Like Behaviors Clive D. L. Wynne Nicole R. Dorey Monique A. R. Udell 101

Chapter 6 Animal Abuse and Developmental Psychopathology Frank R. Ascione Mika Maruyama 117

III Human-Animal Interaction and Human Health 137

Chapter 7 Childhood Obesity and Human-Animal Interaction Jo Salmon Anna Timperio 139

Chapter 8 Health Correlates of Pet Ownership From National Surveys Bruce Headey Markus Grabka 153

Chapter 9 Physiological Correlates of Health Benefits From Pets Erika Friedmann Sandra B. Barker Karen M. Allen 163

Chapter 10 Animal-Assisted Intervention in Health Care Contexts Rebecca A. Johnson 183

Afterword: An Agenda for Future Research Peggy McCardle Sandra McCune Layla Esposito Valerie Maholmes Lisa Freund 193

Appendix: A Resource for Studying Human-Animal Interaction Tim Adams 203

Index 215

About the Editors 227

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