A developmental psychological perspective on the human animal bond

Pachana, Nancy A., Massavelli, Bronwyn M. and Robleda-Gomez, Sofia (2011). A developmental psychological perspective on the human animal bond. In Chris Blazina, Güler Boyraz and David S. Shen-Miller (Ed.), The psychology of the human-animal bond: A resource for clinicians and researchers (pp. 151-166) New York, United States: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-9761-6_9


Author Pachana, Nancy A.
Massavelli, Bronwyn M.
Robleda-Gomez, Sofia
Title of chapter A developmental psychological perspective on the human animal bond
Title of book The psychology of the human-animal bond: A resource for clinicians and researchers
Language of Book Title eng
Place of Publication New York, United States
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Chapter in textbook
DOI 10.1007/978-1-4419-9761-6_9
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Year available 2011
ISBN 9781441997609
9781441997616
Editor Chris Blazina
Güler Boyraz
David S. Shen-Miller
Chapter number 9
Start page 151
End page 166
Total pages 16
Total chapters 22
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The human–animal bond contributes to well-being in a variety of ways. Our understanding of our relationship with animals, particularly from a psychological point of view, is enhanced when viewed through the lens of a lifetime developmental perspective. Issues of attachment and the nature of the human–animal bond vary across childhood, adulthood, and later life. These in turn influence how animals may play a role in maintaining physical and emotional wellness, influence recovery from illness, and even impact reactions to loss or grief. Persons at varying life stages may be differentially impacted by the loss of companion animals. In this chapter both the unique and common benefits of the attachment to pets and resulting well-being at various developmental levels (e.g., childhood, adulthood, old age) are discussed. Specific populations and their unique relationship to animals (e.g. children with emotional distress, persons in nursing homes) are described to underscore how animals impact human lives across the lifespan.
Keyword One-Year Survival
Companion Animals
Assisted Therapy
Pet Ownership
Human Health
Children
Dogs
Issues
Life
Disabilities
Q-Index Code BX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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